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Bird flu hits Fraser Valley again

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced today that it had found another Fraser Valley poultry farm hit by avian influenza.

CFIA published a long report on its website:

The flock was tested as part of the surveillance activities within three kilometres of the commercial poultry operation where low pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza was detected on January 24.

Tests to date indicate that the strain of avian influenza on the new premises is also low pathogenic and similar to the original strain identified on the index premises. Further testing is underway to confirm precise subtype and strain of the virus. Pathogenicity refers to the severity of the illness caused in birds

All birds on the new infected premises will be humanely euthanized and disposed of in accordance with provincial environmental regulations and internationally accepted disease control guidelines.

Thirty-three farms are still under quarantine from the first outbreak, and ten more farms are now quarantined as being within 3 km of the second outbreak.

In a CBC News report, CFIA official Sandra Stephens is quoted as saying she doesn’t believe the first farm infected the second one.

Crawford Kilian, a Tyee contributing editor, blogs about avian flu at H5N1.

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