Avian Flu Confirmed in Dead Geese Found at Rochester Park
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Avian Flu has been confirmed in the six geese found dead at Rochester’s Silver Lake Park last month.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources made the confirmation late Thursday. A city spokesperson said the DNR is not likely to do any additional testing and it can be expected that there may be a few additional geese that pass over the coming months.
The geese were found dead on April 28th.
A wild fox in Anoka County tested positive for the highly pathogenic avian flu strain earlier this week.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said the presence of avian influenza in the fox was confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory. It appears to be only the third confirmed case of the avian flu associated with the current outbreak in a wild mammal in North America. Two red fox kits in Ontario Canada tested positive for the virus last week.
The avian flu has stricken nearly 3 million birds in commercial poultry flocks throughout Minnesota.