Turkeys at B.C. farm contract harmless flu virus from pigs: chief vet

CANADA - Turkeys at a medium-sized farm have contracted a harmless flu virus that seems to have spread from infected pigs brought in from the Prairies, B.C.'s chief veterinary officer said Friday.

While stressing the virus doesn't present any public health concerns, Dr. Ron Lewis said it's the first time in Canada that it has crossed from pigs to poultry.

Lewis said the H3 strain of the virus was recently detected in a small number of turkeys during routine blood sampling at one poultry farm.

"It's not a significant disease in terms of human concern, it's really not even a significant disease in terms of the birds that are involved," Lewis said.

Source: The Canadian Press
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