Now that the first cases of bird flu have been confirmed in poultry flocks in Meeker, Mower, and Stearns counties, Dr. Dale Lauer of the Board of Animal and the State Poultry Testing Lab in Willmar is reminding all poultry producers to remain vigilant:

“They need to exercise or have their bio-security in place. No visitors, clean boots, clean clothes.  Keep your birds indoors as much as possible. Avoid contact with wild birds and waterfowl. And finally, if they do see something they need to say something.”

A U-S Department of Agriculture (USDA) emergency response team will arrive in Minnesota tomorrow (WED) to support the state’s disease control and containment efforts of H5N1 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza(HPAI).