Avian flu unnerving more turkey producers

A Minnesota turkey flock
In this 2012 photo provided by Bethany Hahn is a flock of turkeys at a Minnesota poultry farm. Midwestern states are struggling to contain a virulent strain of bird flu that has doomed millions of turkeys and chickens since March.
Bethany Hahn via AP 2012

Poultry producers in Minnesota and across the United States are bracing for the further spread of avian flu.

More than 2.6 million Minnesota turkeys have died from the disease, or have been killed to keep the virus from spreading.

Scientists are struggling to figure out how the virus has spread so rapidly. Some people say strong winds, or biosecurity mistakes may be introducing the virus into barns.

MPR News host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Steve Olson, executive director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, about the outbreak.

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