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Author:  niman [ Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:51 pm ]
Post subject:  H5N2 Confirmed In Langley - Tenth Farm In Fraser Valley 53K

The 10th farms has reappeared at website with 53,000 Table Egg Layers

Author:  niman [ Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: H5N2 Confirmed In Langley - Tenth Farm In Fraser Valley

Avian Influenza – British Columbia 2014
Infected Premises
The following table lists infected premises (IP) identified as part of the ongoing avian influenza situation in British Columbia.

Last updated: 2014-12-14 – 7:30 p.m. EST (4:30 p.m. PST)
IP # Location Date confirmed Poultry type Approximate # of affected birds
1 Chilliwack, BC December 1 Broiler/Breeders 13,000
2 Abbotsford, BC December 1 Turkeys 28,000
3 Abbotsford, BC December 4 Broiler/Breeders 14,000
4 Abbotsford, BC December 4 Broiler/Breeders 25,000
5 Table Note * Abbotsford, BC December 6 Turkeys 33,000
6 Table Note * Abbotsford, BC December 9 Turkeys 33,000
7 Abbotsford, BC December 10 Broiler/Breeders 19,000
8 Abbotsford, BC December 10 Broiler/Breeders 8,800
9 Abbotsford, BC December 11 Broiler/Breeders 7,000
10 Langley, BC December 13 Table Egg Layers 53,000
Total: 233,800
Table Notes
Table Note *
IP5 and IP6 are located on the same site; however, as they are legally considered separate business entities, they are treated as two separate infected premises.

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/ter ... 8340584180

Author:  rymich13 [ Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: H5N2 Confirmed In Langley - Tenth Farm In Fraser Valley

The number has been revised down slightly from 55,000 earlier to note.

Author:  niman [ Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: H5N2 Confirmed In Langley - Tenth Farm In Fraser Valley

CTV Vancouver
Published Sunday, December 14, 2014 6:14PM PST
Last Updated Sunday, December 14, 2014 6:58PM PST


Officials have confirmed a Langley farm is the latest to hit by an avian flu outbreak that has already affected hundreds of thousands of birds in B.C.

The outbreak was discovered at an egg-laying farm in Langley. Canadian Food Inspection Agency officials say 53,000 birds at the unidentified farm were affected.

That pushes the total number of birds that are either dead or set to be euthanized to 233,800.

Previous outbreaks hit turkey and boiler-breeder farms in Abbotsford and Chilliwack, meaning the outbreak has spread west of the Fraser Valley since it was first discovered in Chilliwack on Dec. 1.

It is unclear where the virus originated but officials think migrating birds may be to blame for the rapid spread.


Read more: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/avian-flu-spreads- ... z3LvqNdUJP

Author:  niman [ Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: H5N2 Confirmed In Langley - Tenth Farm In Fraser Valley

Map updated

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit? ... NlIM&hl=en

Author:  niman [ Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: H5N2 Confirmed In Langley - Tenth Farm In Fraser Valley

CFIA has NOT updated map below:

Image
Description for Map - Infected and restricted zone
This image is a map showing the infected and restricted zones inside the Primary Control Zone. There are two restricted zones of approximately 10 km located between Langley in the west and Chilliwack in the east. Inside each restricted zone is an infected zone of approximately 3 km.

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/ter ... 8041743149

Author:  niman [ Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: H5N2 Confirmed In Langley - Tenth Farm In Fraser Valley

niman wrote:
CFIA has NOT updated map below:

Image
Description for Map - Infected and restricted zone
This image is a map showing the infected and restricted zones inside the Primary Control Zone. There are two restricted zones of approximately 10 km located between Langley in the west and Chilliwack in the east. Inside each restricted zone is an infected zone of approximately 3 km.

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/ter ... 8041743149

Image
This image is a map showing the restricted zone and the infected zones inside the Primary Control Zone. There is one large restricted zone between Langley in the west and Chilliwack in the east. Inside the restricted zone there are three smaller infected zones.

Author:  niman [ Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: H5N2 Confirmed In Langley - Tenth Farm In Fraser Valley

British Columbia farms with H5N2 now number 10, 1 in Metro Vancouver
Chickens on two more farms in British Columbia have been infected with H5N2 avian influenza, bringing the total to 10 and the number of birds dead or scheduled for culling to nearly 234,000 since the outbreak's start just 2 weeks ago, say news sources and official reports.

The ninth outbreak farm, in Fraser Valley, which was home to the first eight farms with H5N2, had "about 7,000 chickens," said a Dec 12 Canadian Press (CP) story. That farm was included in the World Organization for Animal Health's (OIE's) latest update Dec 12, which also included three farms reported by CIDRAP News last week. OIE's report says the farm had 5,840 susceptible chicken broiler-breeders but gives no further details.

The tenth outbreak, reported today in a CTV News story, was confirmed yesterday by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on an egg-laying farm in Langley. It represents the first outbreak farm in the metro Vancouver region, notes the story. More than 53,000 birds are infected, bringing the total dead or set to be euthanized to 233,800, the story says, attributing those numbers to the CFIA.
Dec 15 CTV News story
Dec 12 OIE report
Dec 12 CP story
Latest (Dec 11) CIDRAP News scan on outbreak

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspect ... ec-15-2014

Author:  niman [ Thu Dec 18, 2014 12:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: H5N2 Confirmed In Langley - Tenth Farm In Fraser Valley

Virus Sequencing
December 17, 2014

Scientists at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease (NCFAD) have confirmed that the virus detected in BC poultry is highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N2. This virus contains gene segments from the highly pathogenic Eurasian H5N8 virus, including the H5 gene, and segments from typical North American viruses, including the N2 gene.

This is the first time a Eurasian lineage highly pathogenic H5 virus has caused an outbreak of avian influenza in poultry in North America.

The appearance of this particular reassortant virus is significant due to its ability to cause high mortality in domestic poultry. The CFIA continues to take swift action in response to this virus.

While there are no reports of H5N2 related illness in humans, as a precautionary measure public health officials are monitoring workers who are exposed to affected poultry.

Wild bird testing conducted to date has not yet detected this strain in Canada. Further studies to evaluate the risk to wild birds are being undertaken.

Poultry farmers are encouraged to protect their flocks by employing strict biosecurity measures on farm, and immediately reporting suspicious symptoms to the CFIA.

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/ter ... 8831451437

Author:  niman [ Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: H5N2 Confirmed In Langley - Tenth Farm In Fraser Valley

Avian flu outbreak that started in Chilliwack crosses U.S. border
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Most of the western half of Chilliwack is in the CFIA's avian influenza restricted zone.— Image Credit: Paul J. Henderson
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by Paul J. Henderson - Chilliwack Times
posted Dec 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM
The Fraser Valley’s outbreak of avian influenza has now crossed the U.S. border and at least one American expert isn’t impressed with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) response.

Biomedical researcher Henry Niman is concerned the highly pathogenic strain will spread throughout North America as wild birds begin winter migration.

No poultry farms in the U.S. were impacted by Wednesday, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported Tuesday that the H5N2 strain found in Chilliwack, Abbotsford and now Langley has been detected in northern pintail ducks in Lynden, Wash., fewer than 15 kilometres from the Fraser Valley cluster.

“The finding in Whatcom County was quickly reported and identified due to increased surveillance for avian influenza in light of the [highly pathogenic] H5N2 avian influenza affecting commercial poultry in British Columbia, Canada,” said a USDA statement issued Dec. 16.

In addition, a highly pathogenic H5N8 strain was found in Washington in three captive falcons that were fed hunter-killed wild birds.

Niman, who is president of Pittsburgh-based Recombinomics, analyzes viral evolution and the spread of disease.

“The wild birds really can’t be controlled, which is why this is a very big deal that could have a serious impact on poultry markets throughout the Americas,” Niman told the Times.

“Poultry farmers throughout North America should be worried.”

Niman says the CFIA is trying to “manage the message” and downplay concerns, releasing information too slowly, something that could have far-reaching consequences.

As of Wednesday morning, the CFIA had reported 10 farms in the Fraser Valley affected by the current outbreak. Approximately 233,800 chickens and turkeys have either died from the illness or been euthanized.

The first farm where avian flu was detected was a broiler breeder with 13,000 birds in Chilliwack, although no other farms in the city have been directly impacted by the outbreak. Eight of the other farms affected are in Abbotsford—three turkey and five broiler breeders.

The latest and the largest is a 53,000 table egg layer farm in Langley.

The CFIA did say Wednesday that the H5N8 was the first time a "Eurasian lineage highly pathogenic H5 virus has caused an outbreak of avian influenza in poultry in North America."

"The appearance of this particular reassortant virus is significant due to its ability to cause high mortality in domestic poultry," a Dec. 17 CFIA statement said.

No H5N2 illness has been reported in humans, but the CFIA said that as a precautionary measure, public health officials are monitoring workers who are exposed to affected poultry.

While the illness is not dangerous to people, and the outbreak is likely to have little or no impact on consumers, the industry is feeling the effects as a three-level disease control zone has been set up in the province. The largest primary control zone covers the entire southern half of the province from Highway 16 south. Then there is a restricted zone from that encompassing an area between three and 10 kilometres away from infected farms. Chilliwack residents may have seen signs identifying this zone on the eastern side of Vedder Road closer to the Vedder River. The highest restrictions are in the “infected” zone, the area within three kilometres from any known infected premises, which in Chilliwack means most of Greendale and Yarrow.

The CFIA did not respond to a request to comment on Niman’s suggestion they have under-reacted to the current outbreak.

“All of this will come out eventually and pretending it isn’t as big as it is doesn’t solve the problem,” Niman said. “Most of the spread will likely be through independent introductions by wild birds, which is very hard to control.”

http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/286246111.html

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