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FILE - This April 20, 2015 file photo shows a sign outside an infected turkey farm in Melrose, Minn. (Kirsti Marohn/The St. Cloud Times via AP, File)
FILE - This April 20, 2015 file photo shows a sign outside an infected turkey farm in Melrose, Minn. (Kirsti Marohn/The St. Cloud Times via AP, File)
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156K chickens added to list of poultry being euthanized

Animal health officials investigating a bird flu outbreak in southwest Indiana have ordered 156,000 chickens at one of 10 affected commercial poultry farms to be euthanized, raising the total number of birds to be killed above 400,000.

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FILE - This April 20, 2015 file photo shows a sign outside an infected turkey farm in Melrose, Minn. (Kirsti Marohn/The St. Cloud Times via AP, File)
FILE - This April 20, 2015 file photo shows a sign outside an infected turkey farm in Melrose, Minn. (Kirsti Marohn/The St. Cloud Times via AP, File)
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Bird flu found at Indiana turkey farm not same as 2015 virus

A bird flu virus that's a different strain than the one that ravaged turkey and chicken farms in the Midwest last summer has been found at a southern Indiana turkey farm, federal officials said Friday, cautioning that a quick response could stem any larger outbreak.

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FILE - This April 20, 2015 file photo shows a sign outside an infected turkey farm in Melrose, Minn. (Kirsti Marohn/The St. Cloud Times via AP, File)
FILE - This April 20, 2015 file photo shows a sign outside an infected turkey farm in Melrose, Minn. (Kirsti Marohn/The St. Cloud Times via AP, File)
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USDA prepares for possible return of bird flu this fall

Two top veterinary officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and farmers affected by the bird flu outbreak said Tuesday it will take increased surveillance, improved farm security and more money to fight off a possible fall return of the disease that devastated chicken and turkey flocks.

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A flock of turkeys at a Minnesota poultry farm.
A flock of turkeys at a Minnesota poultry farm. (Bethany Hahn via AP)
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Federal government to step up bird flu monitoring this fall

The federal government announced plans Thursday to step up monitoring wild birds for avian influenza this fall to provide an early warning of any resurgence of a disease that devastated poultry farms in the Upper Midwest.

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FILE - This April 20, 2015 file photo shows a sign outside an infected turkey farm in Melrose, Minn. (Kirsti Marohn/The St. Cloud Times via AP, File)
FILE - This April 20, 2015 file photo shows a sign outside an infected turkey farm in Melrose, Minn. (Kirsti Marohn/The St. Cloud Times via AP, File)
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New bird flu cases slow, focus turns to preventing repeat

No new bird flu cases have been reported in nearly a week on commercial farms in Minnesota and Iowa, giving government officials, scientists and farmers hope that the worst U.S. outbreak of the bird flu is, though not over, winding down.

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Egg prices in New Jersey driven up by Midwest bird flu outbreak

Making an omelet or baking a cake is becoming a bit more expensive for shoppers.

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OSAGE, IA - AUGUST 09: Chickens gather around a feeder at a farm on August 9, 2014 in Osage, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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2 million more Minnesota chickens to be destroyed due to flu

One of the nation's largest egg producers says it will destroy 2 million egg-laying hens in Minnesota due to a deadly bird flu virus.

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Egg, turkey meat prices begin to rise as bird flu spreads

Prices for eggs and turkey meat are rising as an outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest claims an increasing number of chickens and turkeys. Market experts say grocery stores and wholesalers are trying to stock up on eggs, but there's no need to worry about having enough turkeys for Thanksgiving.

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Sunrise Farms in Harris, Iowa, which has said it will kill its 3.8 million laying hens because of the bird flu virus. (Zach Boyden-Holmes/The Des Moines Register via AP)
Sunrise Farms in Harris, Iowa, which has said it will kill its 3.8 million laying hens because of the bird flu virus. (Zach Boyden-Holmes/The Des Moines Register via AP)
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Bird flu virus raises questions scientists working to answer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- It's been five months since the H5N2 bird flu virus was discovered in the United States, and producers have lost 21 million birds in the Midwest alone. Yet, researchers acknowledge they still know little about a bird flu virus that's endangered turkey and egg-laying chicken populations that supply much of the nation.

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In this 2012 photo provided by Bethany Hahn is a flock of turkeys at a Minnesota poultry farm. (Bethany Hahn via AP)
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CDC eyeing bird flu vaccine for humans, though risk is low

Federal officials said Wednesday they're taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that's slammed the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low and the food supply not at risk.

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