Avian Influenza H5N2

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Avian influenza viruses are spread to people through direct contact with infected birds or their environments. Person-to-person spread is extremely rare. There is no food safety risk associated with this virus; the only risk is for workers at commercial farms or, potentially, owners of small urban flocks.

Protect your small flock from Avian Influenza

The following PDFs are made available by the University of Minnesota Extension.

Sick backyard flock

If a backyard flock is suspected of having Avian Influenza, please call 320-231-5170:

  • A team will arrive to test the flock.
  • If infected the birds will be depopulated.
  • The remains will be taken away for composting.