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Deadly bird flu confirmed at turkey farm in South Dakota, 5th poultry farm in Minnesota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Officials say a bird flu strain that’s deadly to poultry has been confirmed on a fifth turkey farm in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the H5N2 strain in a flock of 71,000 turkeys in Stearns County.

It’s the second infection of a turkey flock in the central Minnesota county. The strain also was detected in a turkey flock in South Dakota.

The latest Minnesota discovery brings the total number of outbreaks in the Midwest to 10.

Migratory waterfowl are suspected as the source.