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Press conference cites H5N2 confirmation in four farms in Chilliwack and Abbotsford and plans to cull 80,000 birds on four farms.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:50 pm 
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Breakdown cited at press conference:

Abbotsford Turkey Farm 28,000
Barn #1 14,000
Barn #2 11,000
Barn #3 3,000

Chilliwack Broiler Chicken Index Farm 13,000
Barns #1-3 Empty
Barn #4 8,000
Barn #5 5,000

Abbotsford Broiler Chicken Farm 14,000
Barn #1 8,000
Barn #2 6,000

Abbotsford Broiler Chicken Farm 25,000
Barn #1 Empty
Barn #2 7,000
Barn #3 5,000
Barn #4 5,000
Barn #5 5,000
Barn #6 3,000

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Posted on Dec 5, 2014

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Dr Harpreet Kochhar says the CFIA has begun depopulating birds from a farm in the Fraser Valley to stop the spread of the avian flu. The chief veterinary officer notes all birds are being humanly euthanized.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:52 pm 
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niman wrote:
Breakdown cited at press conference:

Abbotsford Turkey Farm 28,000
Barn #1 14,000
Barn #2 11,000
Barn #3 3,000

Chilliwack Broiler Chicken Index Farm 13,000
Barns #1-3 Empty
Barn #4 8,000
Barn #5 5,000

Abbotsford Broiler Chicken Farm 14,000
Barn #1 8,000
Barn #2 6,000

Abbotsford Broiler Chicken Farm 25,000
Barn #1 Empty
Barn #2 7,000
Barn #3 5,000
Barn #4 5,000
Barn #5 5,000
Barn #6 3,000

https://soundcloud.com/bcgov/canadian-f ... ber-5-2014

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 12:54 am 
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H5N2-infected broilers being destroyed in B.C.

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Flock depopulation is underway on a broiler breeder farm infected with a severe strain of H5N2 avian flu at Chilliwack, B.C.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced Friday it’s begun the process of “humanely euthanizing” the farm’s surviving chickens. The same depopulation and disposal process will follow “in the coming days” at three other Fraser Valley poultry farms, all in the Abbotsford area.

The Chilliwack farm and a turkey farm at Abbotsford were confirmed this week with high-pathogenicity (“high-path”) H5N2, while the two other Abbotsford farms are still “presumptive positive” for an H5 strain of avian flu.

Local police are helping to secure the area and control traffic, “to allow for the movement of equipment and machinery involved” in the process, the agency said.

CFIA’s chief veterinary officer Dr. Harpreet Kochhar, on a conference call Friday, said the four farms so far are the only ones to have been tested and/or shown symptoms of avian flu. “No other birds have shown symptoms in the vicinity at the current time,” he said.

After the birds are euthanized and removed, CFIA said, the agency will oversee the cleaning and disinfection of the farms’ barns, vehicles, equipment and tools to “eliminate any infectious material that may remain.”

The high-path H5N2 outbreaks have cost Canada its status as free of high-path avian flu, which it’s held since 2008.

H5N2, a subtype known to affect both wild and domestic birds, appeared in its low-path form on a pair of poultry farms near Abbotsford in early 2009, and again in low-path form in late 2010 on a turkey breeding operation in Manitoba’s Interlake region. -- AGCanada.com Network

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 12:57 am 
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Canada began to slaughter 80,000 birds with avian influenza H5N2

To sacrifice birds, mainly chickens and turkeys, are using carbon dioxide, said Pierre Lafortune, official ACIA
By elnuevodiario.com.ni | Globe

Specialists began Friday to sacrifice 80,000 poultry in four farms in British Colombia, in western Canada, where cases of avian influenza H5N2 strain were recorded, in order to prevent the spread of this highly pathogenic virus.

The virus has not been detected yet in no other close to the four farms that were placed in quarantine in the Fraser Valley property, east of Vancouver, said Harpreet Kochhar, chief veterinary officer of the Canadian Inspection Food (ACIA ) during a conference call.

"The whole chicken slaughter has begun" in one of them, in Chilliwack, another senior official of the ACIA, Pierre Lafortune said. All the birds, mainly chickens and turkeys will be sacrificed "in the coming days" through the use of carbon dioxide, according to international standards, he said.

COMPENSATION FOR PRODUCERS

Producers will be compensated within six to ten weeks and be paid the market value of the bird s.

The discovery on Tuesday of dead birds at two locations, one in Plats-bords and one in Chilliwack, led to the quarantine of both. The examinations confirmed that these were cases of avian influenza.

Two other farms had to be isolated Chilliwack Thursday.

ABOUT THE VIRUS

The H5N2 virus is a subtype that affects wild and domestic birds and has a high mortality rate in the offspring, the CFIA said.

Avian influenza H5N2 is very poorly transmissible to humans, unlike the H5N1 virus. This disease "not present any risk to food safety when poultry and derived products are handled and cooked properly," he said.

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The destruction of as many as 80,000 birds at four poultry farms in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley has begun in the effort to stem the spread of avian flu.

Officials with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency say they are systematically destroying the birds according to international guidelines, starting with a broiler-breeder chicken farm in Chilliwack, B.C., where the H5N2 strain of flu was first detected.

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar, Canada’s chief veterinary officer, says police are assisting to secure the area around the farm that will be tightly sealed off and then infused with carbon dioxide gas.

He says the single turkey and three chicken operations will be compensated by the federal government for each bird killed.

Kochhar says the industry has voluntarily imposed a three kilometre containment zone around the infected farms, and so far there are no signs that the virus has moved beyond them.

The outbreak of the highly-virulent strain of the flu has prompted several Asian countries to ban poultry products from the region or the whole of Canada.

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Canada began to slaughter 80,000 birds with avian influenza H5N2
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Health workers distributed teams in a poultry farm after encountering a virus of avian influenza H5N2, the December 22, 2013 in Shinan District in Baoding, China (AFP / File | Str)View photo
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Specialists began Friday to sacrifice 80,000 poultry in four farms in British Colombia, in western Canada, where cases of avian influenza H5N2 strain were recorded, in order to prevent the spread of this highly pathogenic virus.
The virus has not been detected yet in no other close to the four farms that were placed in quarantine in the Fraser Valley property, east of Vancouver, said Harpreet Kochhar, chief veterinary officer of the Canadian Inspection Food (ACIA ) during a conference call.
"The whole chicken slaughter has begun" in one of them, in Chilliwack, another senior official of the ACIA, Pierre Lafortune said. All the birds, mainly chickens and turkeys will be sacrificed "in the coming days" through the use of carbon dioxide, according to international standards, he said.
Producers will be compensated within six to ten weeks and be paid the market value of the birds.
The discovery on Tuesday of dead birds at two locations, one in Plats-bords and one in Chilliwack, led to the quarantine of both. The examinations confirmed that these were cases of avian influenza.
Two other farms had to be isolated Chilliwack Thursday.
The H5N2 virus is a subtype that affects wild and domestic birds and has a high mortality rate in the offspring, the CFIA said.
Avian influenza H5N2 is very poorly transmissible to humans, unlike the H5N1 virus. This disease "not present any risk to food safety when poultry and derived products are handled and cooked properly," he said.

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UPDATE: Avian flu means turmoil for Chilliwack poultry farmers – Virus found on more farms
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CFIA workers at Fraser Valley Duck and Goose in Yarrow in November 2005 when 70,000 birds had to be culled.— Image Credit: Times/File

by Paul J. Henderson - Chilliwack Times
posted Dec 10, 2014 at 12:00 PM— updated Dec 10, 2014 at 1:22 PM
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While so far just one Chilliwack poultry producer is directly affected by the recent H5N2 avian influenza outbreak, the impact is felt by all.

“A finding of notifiable avian influenza (H5 or H7 strains) is very difficult for an infected farm owner, and for poultry producers in general,” said Ken Falk, owner of Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry in Yarrow.

“It essentially throws an otherwise orderly and structured industry into turmoil/chaos.”

And Falk should know as his operation was hit hard in both 2004 when the entire Fraser Valley was decimated with avian flu, but again in 2005 when his operation, then known as Fraser Valley Duck and Goose, was hit again.

He’s still frustrated about 2005 when a low pathogenic strain hit his ducks, which are a host adapted species, meaning they did not become symptomatic. As a result of Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) rules implemented after 2004, Falk had to cull 70,000 otherwise healthy birds.

Falk said the CFIA made mistakes in 2004 when it came to containment and they made mistakes later when it came to compensation. He’s been told the programs work now, and he hopes he doesn’t have to test them.

Most recently the CFIA said the entire southern half of British Columbia is now part of an avian influenza “primary control zone,” as a result of an outbreak of the disease on farms in Chilliwack and Abbotsford.

The H5N2 strain was found first at one farm in Chilliwack and one farm in Abbotsford. A few days later two more farms were added to the quarantine list.

On Wednesday, the CFIA reported avian flu was found on two more chicken farms in Abbotsford, and in another barn on an original site. That second barn is a separate business so is treated by the CFIA as a standalone case. The brings the total number of affected farms to eight.

All farms are within eight kilometres of each other.
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“Any kind of movement out of the primary control zone will be monitored,” CFIA chief veterinary officer Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said at a technical briefing Monday.

More than 155,000 chickens and turkeys on farms in Chilliwack and Abbotsford have either died from the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain, or have been euthanized.

Kochhar said the creation of a primary control zone is supported by poultry farmers, but will impact the industry. The reason for the zone, he said, is to protect animal health, control disease spread and to minimize trade disruptions outside of the zone.

The move comes as more countries announce a ban on poultry and poultry products from the area. The United States chief veterinarian announced a ban on live and raw poultry from B.C. Bans of varying degrees—as specific as the Fraser Valley and as broad as all of Canada—are now in place from Mexico, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Africa.

The CFIA continues to investigate the source of the disease, but suspicion is squarely on migratory birds.

Some poultry farmers have not been keen to chat about the current outbreak, deferring instead to the BC Poultry Association.

The Times contacted the

Chilliwack farmer whose 13,000 birds had to be euthanized last week, but Chris den Hertog said he preferred not to comment at this time.

Walter Dyck, president of the Chilliwack Agriculture Commission and a poultry farmer for decades, too, deferred comments to the association.

Falk at Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry was forthcoming with his feeling that the government and CFIA did not respond well in 2004. He does try to remain optimistic, however, about the lessons learned.

“Just over one week into the control/eradication efforts and we are faced with a lot more questions than answers,” Falk told the Times. “It will be very difficult for all producers in the coming weeks, but we are committed to work together to bring this to a successful conclusion.”

Certified organic turkey producers Jeff and Carrie Hooge in Greendale are watching their outdoor grazing animals closely.

“We are taking every precautionary measure that we can to prevent the avian influenza from coming into contact on our farm, while still proving an environment in which we can raise our turkeys ethically and while abiding 100 per cent by the Canadian Organic standards,” Carrie said in an email. “We know that lots of Chilliwack residents are passionate about eating local, and we are happy to be able to provide an organic, local and ethical option for their Christmas feast.”

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