UNDATED -- The Minnesota D-N-R is reporting that a wild fox from Anoka County tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza.

This is the first confirmed case of the bird flu in a wild mammal in Minnesota.

The U of M veterinary lab alerted state wildlife officials and the National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed the positive test from a fox baby this week.

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Two red fox kits in Ontario, Canada were the first wild mammals in North America to test positive last week.

D-N-R officials plan to add avian influenza to the screening process when foxes are exhibiting neurological symptoms.

This story is courtesy of the Minnesota News Network. 

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