Bird Flu ‘Catastrophe’ Mounts Amid Concern Virus May Be Airborne

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday confirmed that avian influenza was found in 13 turkey flocks in Minnesota with at least 430,300 birds. Since late 2014, the virus has been detected in commercial and backyard flocks with a combined estimate of at least 8 million birds, USDA data show. Migratory waterfowl along a Mississippi River flyway are believed by to be spreading the flu, agriculture officials say…

On Monday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker authorized the state’s National Guard to help agriculture authorities respond to the flu in three counties.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the risk to people from bird flu is low, while infection is “possible.” …

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