Minnesota lifts final remaining bird flu quarantines

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Posted: Dec 15, 2015 12:38 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota has lifted the last remaining quarantines on poultry farms that were infected with highly pathogenic bird flu, marking a milestone in the state's recovery from an outbreak that cost its turkey and egg producers over 9 million birds.

The Board of Animal Health says 90 percent of the 108 infected farms were cleared to restock by Oct. 6. In a statement Friday, it says the few remaining sites have now completed the cleaning, disinfection and testing needed to gain approval for restocking.

Minnesota confirmed its last case June 5. The Board says restocked poultry on all the affected farms have tested negative, providing additional assurances that the H5N2 virus has been eradicated from Minnesota.

While State Veterinarian Bill Hartmann says that's encouraging, he cautions that future cases remain possible.