Avian Influenza confirmed in second flock in Canada

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza virus in a second commercial poultry operation in southern British Columbia.

People are rarely affected by avian influenza, except in a limited number of cases when individuals were in close contact with infected birds. Nevertheless, public health authorities are taking precautionary measures as warranted.

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. 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.

Animal health and public health authorities from the Province of British Columbia, local poultry specialists and industry are actively collaborating in this response effort. Everyone involved shares a commitment to work together to contain and eliminate all infected poultry as quickly as possible.