The number of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza cases are increasing across the Dakotas and Minnesota. According to Minnesota State Board of Animal Health Assistant Director Dale Lauer, this is a different virus than 2015. “As this virus continues to circulate in domestic poultry as well as wild birds, it is constantly changing. With those changes, the virus becomes more adaptive to poultry, and it requires a lower dose to infect poultry.” Cool, damp conditions contribute to the spread of HPAI. “We go at this everyday with the hope that the sun will shine and it will get warmer. I think we’re like almost like farmers getting ready to plant their crops, we hope for better weather and know that day will come.
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