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Bird Flu Cases Double, More Emergency Funds Could Be On the Way

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An additional one million dollars for the state’s response to avian influenza has been passed unanimously in both the Minnesota House and Senate. Now it just needs the governor’s signature.

Senator Torrey Westrom from Elbow Lake says the latest number show the bird flu has affected 21 farms across our state and over a million birds — and in less than a week, “it’s doubled.”  Meanwhile, Senator Erin Murphy of St. Paul told members, “we need to move as swiftly as the infection to make sure that we’re supporting our farmers.”