Avian influenza virus in Manitoba is low-pathogenic

by Bryan Salvage
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OTTAWA, Ontario – The virus detected just before Thanksgiving in a commercial poultry operation in the Rural Municipality of Rockwood, Manitoba is low-pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed.

Plans called for humanely destroying all birds in the operation within days while the infected farm will remain under quarantine. In another safety move, the CFIA has also quarantined a local hatchery and two poultry farms that had significant contact with the infected farm.

Avian influenza viruses do not pose risks to food safety when poultry and poultry products are properly handled and cooked. However, no birds with signs of illness are permitted to enter the food supply. Avian influenza rarely affects humans, unless they are of specific types and there has been close contact with infected birds.

Animal health and public health authorities from the Province of Manitoba, local poultry specialists and industry are actively collaborating on the response to avian influenza in the Manitoba poultry operation – and in supporting the producer.
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