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Monday, 11 July 2016

Canada on H5N2 avian flu low risk alert

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Canada has been reported with low pathogenic H5N2 avial flu on a commercial duck farm and it possess little risk to humans. The report is being released by Canadian Food Inspection Agency on 8th July 2016.

Chief CFIA veterinary officer Harpreet Kochhar said all 14,000 birds on the farm near the town of St Catharines in the province of Ontario would be humanely killed and disposed of. The farm is under quarantine. "Avian influenza does not pose a risk to food safety when poultry and poultry products are properly handled and cooked and rarely affects humans," he said.

CFIA teams are on high scrutiny on the movement of birds in and out of the property.

"As avian influenza is highly contagious among birds, and can spread rapidly, it is possible that additional at-risk farms may be identified in the coming days," said Kochhar.

Source: CNBC


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