CFIA: Fifth farm under quarantine

by Erica Shaffer
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OTTAWA, Ontario – A fifth poultry farm was quarantined due to the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reported. Meanwhile, seven countries have imposed trade restrictions on Canadian poultry.

The affected site is a turkey farm near Abbotsford in British Columbia's Fraser Valley. The producer notified provincial officials after noticing higher than normal mortality rates in the flock. Provincial officials collected and tested samples, and H5 avian influenza was confirmed, CFIA said. The agency collected samples and will conduct testing to confirm the results. CFIA also will trace all movement in and out of the turkey farm, the agency added.

More than 100,000 chickens and turkeys have been euthanized since the outbreak was first detected in Chilliwack, BC. At least 60,000 birds are at the affected turkey farm.

In response to the outbreak, seven countries moved to ban Canadian poultry products from British Columbia or all of Canada. The United States, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, South Africa and Mexico have imposed trade bans on Canadian poultry products.
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