1st farm affected by Midwest bird flu outbreak restocks turkeys; threat remains

MINNEAPOLIS – The first Midwest poultry farm struck by a deadly form of bird flu is growing turkeys again, even though the virus is still lurking in Minnesota and beyond.

Dr. Dale Lauer of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health says the Pope County farm was restocked with new birds Sunday.

He tells The Associated Press it’s the first affected farm in the country’s top turkey-producing state to reach that milestone. He also says a few other farms among the earliest victims will be restocked by next week.

Steve Olson of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association says the news is encouraging, but that there is apprehension because there’s still a risk that the virus could come back.

The virus has now cost Midwest chicken and turkey producers nearly 47 million birds.