LITCHFIELD -- A case of bird flu has been found in a Meeker County turkey flock.

The Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza was confirmed in a commercial turkey operation after discovering an increase in the bird mortality rate last weekend.

Samples in the birds confirmed the presence of bird flu and prompted the Minnesota Board of Animal Health to euthanize the flock to help prevent the spread of the virus.

A senior veterinarian with the state's animal health department says while the timing of the detection is sooner than they anticipated, they have been preparing for a resurgence of the bird flu they dealt with this spring.

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Flock owners are encouraged to review their biosecurity measures to help ensure the health of their birds.

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