Infectious Diseases 2022

Infectious Diseases 2022

Wild fox in Minnesota tests positive for HPAI

11 May, 2022

A wild fox from Anoka County has tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). This is the first confirmed case of HPAI in a wild mammal in the USA. The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory alerted the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which is responsible for monitoring the health of the state’s wildlife. The National Veterinary Services Laboratory later confirmed the positive test earlier this week.
Last week, two red fox kits in Ontario, Canada tested positive for HPAI. Those kits were the first reported cases of the current HPAI outbreak in a wild mammal in North America. The Minnesota fox also was a kit.