Low-Path Bird Flu Outbreak Found in Canada

CANADA - An outbreak of avian flu confirmed in Canada is a low pathogenic subtype, according to test results from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
calendar icon 11 July 2016
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Further testing by the CFIA is underway to confirm the precise subtype and strain of the virus, but the virus was a H5 strain. Results are expected within days.

The outbreak was found on a duck farm near St Catharines, Ontario.

The CFIA has placed the farm under quarantine to control disease spread and has set up an Avian Influenza Control Zone with a 3km radius around the affected farm for further testing and movement control measures.

The Zone will allow trade to continue from unaffected areas of the country, and farms within the Zone will be closely monitored for signs of disease.

The industry sector has been notified to adopt enhanced biosecurity practices.

All birds on the infected premises will be humanely euthanised and disposed of, in accordance with provincial environmental regulations and internationally accepted disease control guidelines, and the Province of Ontario will provide technical support on required carcass disposal.

Once all birds have been removed, the CFIA will oversee the cleaning and disinfection of the barns, vehicles, equipment and tools to eliminate any infectious material that may remain.

The CFIA, the Province of Ontario, the owner of the infected birds, and the poultry industry are working closely together to manage the situation.

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