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Avian flu continues to claim turkeys as state offers more assistance to growers

By Reed Anfinson
Avian influenza, the deadly virus that has wiped out millions of turkeys and chickens, and struck backyard flocks, in Minnesota, continues to take a toll.
Since the second wave of avian influenza cases hit the state Aug. 27, there have been 18 new incidents reported involving either turkey raising facilities or backyard flocks. Another 690,440 turkeys have been lost at 13 sites with 505 backyard birds lost at five sies.
In all, 3,348,855 turkeys have died, 303,891 chickens and 1,945 backyard birds. 
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