The country's turkeys are facing a powerful virus that's already resulted in the deaths of nearly a million birds.
A virulent flu is spreading through factory farms at a rapid rate, forcing workers in Minnesota, the largest turkey-producing state, to euthanize over 525,000 birds, The New York Times reports. Dubbed "highly pathogenic avian influenza," the flu is thought to have originated in British Columbia, Canada, and been carried to the U.S. on the feet, feces and feathers of migrating Canada geese.
Farms in Arkansas, California, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and South Dakota have all reported cases in their turkeys. So far, the total number of farms infected in the Midwest alone is 15, with 9 in Minnesota, AP reports.