A contagious variant of avian flu is being discovered in five Minnesota counties. A commercial turkey farm in Meeker County has a majority of the affected birds with 289-thousand on site. The smallest flock with the virus is a group of 17 backyard birds. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Incident Management Team will head up control and containment of the virus. Minnesota is the top turkey producing state in the nation with more than 40 million birds on over 660 farms.