Avian influenza found on 2nd chicken farm in Ontario

Second farm confirms avian influenza in Ontario
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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said Saturday that H5 avian influenza has been discovered on a second chicken farm in Oxford County, Ontario.

Officials were alerted when birds at the broiler breeder farm suddenly began to die over a period of several days. The farmers went to the Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph, where scientists tested for the disease on April 17, 2015.

All of the birds located at the farm will be destroyed and disposed of in a humane manner.

The CFIA is currently taking active steps to confirm the pathogenicity (or level of severity) of the case. They also want to determine the exact strain and subtype of the influenza.

Preliminary testing has confirmed the case, and CFIA has quarantined the farm to keep the disease controlled. The CFIA and other organizations seek to avoid spreading the virus further among the poultry industry.

Ontario’s poultry industry has been instructed to heighten their biosecurity practices.

Health professionals said that avian influenza is not a health threat to humans when poultry and poultry products are cooked and handled with proper care. It is rare for humans to contract the illness if they do not regularly come into contact with birds.

CFIA and other officials encourage the public to take normal, cautious measures when interacting with birds.

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