The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is confirming the state’s first cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).  Flocks in Meeker and Mower counties tested positive Friday.  State Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen says they have staff and equipment to handle this outbreak along with state and federal partners:

“I also want to stress that the risk to the public is very low and there is no food safety concern. Every commercial, turkey, broiler and layer flock in Minnesota is tested for influenza by the board before going to market.  All affected poultry are prohibited by law from entering the marketplace.”

Petersen says affected flocks are depopulated to prevent the virus from spreading and barns must be cleaned and disinfected before they can be used again.