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Media reports cite H5N2 HPAI in Fraser Valley.

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Avian flu strain in Fraser Valley identified
News1130 Staff December 4, 2014 9:33 am

FRASER VALLEY (NEWS1130) – A source to News1130 has confirmed the type of avian flu strain that is affecting four farms in the Fraser Valley.

It’s called H5N2; the strain can transfer between birds more easily and is quite potent.

However, we’re told it’s not as bad as two other strains of the bird flu virus.

Thousands of turkeys, chickens, and eggs are being destroyed at the farms in Abbotsford and Chilliwack.
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Avian flu strain in Fraser Valley identified
News1130 Staff December 4, 2014 9:33 am

FRASER VALLEY (NEWS1130) – A source to News1130 has confirmed the type of avian flu strain that is affecting four farms in the Fraser Valley.

It’s called H5N2; the strain can transfer between birds more easily and is quite potent.

However, we’re told it’s not as bad as two other strains of the bird flu virus.

Thousands of turkeys, chickens, and eggs are being destroyed at the farms in Abbotsford and Chilliwack.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 3:44 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 4:10 pm 
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Tests confirm avian influenza strain at B.C. farms as H5N2: source
By: James Keller, The Canadian Press
Posted: 3:04 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 1:55 PM
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RAW video outside 5387 Blackburn Road in Chilliwack one location out of four farms being quarantine in the Lower Mainland due to the avian flu outbreak.

VANCOUVER - The type of avian influenza responsible for an outbreak at poultry farms in southwestern British Columbia is H5N2, a source has confirmed — the same virus behind at least three other previous outbreaks at Canadian farms.
A turkey farm and a chicken farm located in the Fraser Valley were placed under quarantine earlier this week after H5 avian influenza killed thousands of birds, and two other farms have since been placed under confinement.
A source tells The Canadian Press that tests have determined the virus is a high-pathogenicity, or high-path, strain of H5N2.
Pathogenicity does not indicate the level of danger a virus poses to people. High-path avian flu viruses kill birds, while low-path viruses can reduce egg production.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency was expected to provide more information Thursday afternoon.
About 18,000 birds are either already dead or set to be euthanized at the original pair of farms. The two other farms that had received chickens from the Chilliwack facility were placed under quarantine on Wednesday, though officials haven't confirmed avian influenza at the new sites.
Officials have cautioned that the virus does not pose a risk to consumers if poultry meat is properly handled and cooked, though in rare cases it can be transmitted to people who work in close contact with the animals.
In 2010, a high-path strain of H5N2 avian flu in Manitoba at a turkey breeder farm led to the destruction of 8,200 birds.
The Fraser Valley has previously seen two outbreaks involving H5N2.
About 74,000 turkeys and chickens were destroyed in 2009 after a low-path strain of H5N2 infected poultry at two Fraser Valley farms, and more than 60,000 ducks and geese were destroyed at two farms in the region in 2005. In both cases, the culprit was a low-path strain of H5N2.
The most serious avian influenza outbreak in Canada was in 2004, when a high-path strain of H7N3 spread to 42 commercial farms and 11 backyard coups in the Fraser Valley. In response, the federal government ordered the slaughter of 17 million chickens, turkeys and other domestic birds.
The current outbreak is already having an economic impact on the Canadian poultry industry.
Since this avian flu was reported, Japan has banned all Canadian poultry products, as well as the import of chicks from B.C.; South Korea has banned chicks from Canada; Taiwan has banned all B.C. poultry and poultry products; and Hong Kong has banned poultry products from the Fraser Valley.
B.C.'s Ministry of Agriculture says the province's poultry industry produced 160 million kilograms of chicken in 2012, and 21 million kilograms of turkey.
Follow @ByJamesKeller on Twitter
— With files from Helen Branswell in Toronto

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Tests confirm avian influenza strain at B.C. farms as H5N2: source
By: James Keller, The Canadian Press
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A poultry farm under quarantine because of a outbreak of avian influenza is pictured in Chilliwack, B.C. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency now says that there are now four farms in the Fraser Valley under quarantine due to this outbreak. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

VANCOUVER - The type of avian influenza responsible for an outbreak at poultry farms in southwestern British Columbia is H5N2, a source has confirmed — the same virus behind at least three other previous outbreaks at Canadian farms.
A turkey farm and a chicken farm located in the Fraser Valley were placed under quarantine earlier this week after H5 avian influenza killed thousands of birds, and two more farms have since been placed under confinement.
A source tells The Canadian Press that tests have determined the virus is a high-pathogenic, or high-path, strain of H5N2. Previous H5N2 outbreaks in Canada were low path.
Pathogenicity does not indicate the level of danger a virus poses to people. High-path avian flu viruses kill birds, while low-path viruses can reduce egg production.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency was expected to provide more information Thursday afternoon.
About 18,000 birds are either already dead or set to be euthanized at the original pair of farms. The two other farms that had received chickens from the Chilliwack facility were placed under quarantine on Wednesday, though officials haven't confirmed avian influenza at the new sites.
Officials have cautioned that the virus does not pose a risk to consumers if poultry meat is properly handled and cooked, though in rare cases it can be transmitted to people who work in close contact with the animals.
In 2010, a low-path strain of H5N2 avian flu in Manitoba at a turkey breeder farm led to the destruction of 8,200 birds.
The Fraser Valley has previously seen two outbreaks involving low-path H5N2.
About 74,000 turkeys and chickens were destroyed in 2009 after a low-path strain of H5N2 infected poultry at two Fraser Valley farms, and more than 60,000 ducks and geese were destroyed at two farms in the region in 2005.
The most serious avian influenza outbreak in Canada was in 2004, when a high-path strain of H7N3 spread to 42 commercial farms and 11 backyard coups in the Fraser Valley. In response, the federal government ordered the slaughter of 17 million chickens, turkeys and other domestic birds.
The current outbreak is already having an economic impact on the Canadian poultry industry.
Since this avian flu was reported, Japan has banned all Canadian poultry products, as well as the import of chicks from B.C.; South Korea has banned chicks from Canada; Taiwan has banned all B.C. poultry and poultry products; and Hong Kong has banned poultry products from the Fraser Valley.
B.C.'s Ministry of Agriculture says the province's poultry industry produced 160 million kilograms of chicken in 2012, and 21 million kilograms of turkey.
Follow @ByJamesKeller on Twitter
— With files from Helen Branswell in Toronto
Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said a 2010 outbreak in Manitoba was high-path H5N2

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-a ... 18221.html

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 2:31 pm 
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Tests confirm avian influenza strain at B.C. farms as H5N2: source
By: James Keller, The Canadian Press
http://media.brandonsun.com/images/648* ... 3_high.jpg
A poultry farm under quarantine because of a outbreak of avian influenza is pictured in Chilliwack, B.C. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency now says that there are now four farms in the Fraser Valley under quarantine due to this outbreak. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

VANCOUVER - The type of avian influenza responsible for an outbreak at poultry farms in southwestern British Columbia is H5N2, a source has confirmed — the same virus behind at least three other previous outbreaks at Canadian farms.
A turkey farm and a chicken farm located in the Fraser Valley were placed under quarantine earlier this week after H5 avian influenza killed thousands of birds, and two more farms have since been placed under confinement.
A source tells The Canadian Press that tests have determined the virus is a high-pathogenic, or high-path, strain of H5N2. Previous H5N2 outbreaks in Canada were low path.
Pathogenicity does not indicate the level of danger a virus poses to people. High-path avian flu viruses kill birds, while low-path viruses can reduce egg production.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency was expected to provide more information Thursday afternoon.
About 18,000 birds are either already dead or set to be euthanized at the original pair of farms. The two other farms that had received chickens from the Chilliwack facility were placed under quarantine on Wednesday, though officials haven't confirmed avian influenza at the new sites.
Officials have cautioned that the virus does not pose a risk to consumers if poultry meat is properly handled and cooked, though in rare cases it can be transmitted to people who work in close contact with the animals.
In 2010, a low-path strain of H5N2 avian flu in Manitoba at a turkey breeder farm led to the destruction of 8,200 birds.
The Fraser Valley has previously seen two outbreaks involving low-path H5N2.
About 74,000 turkeys and chickens were destroyed in 2009 after a low-path strain of H5N2 infected poultry at two Fraser Valley farms, and more than 60,000 ducks and geese were destroyed at two farms in the region in 2005.
The most serious avian influenza outbreak in Canada was in 2004, when a high-path strain of H7N3 spread to 42 commercial farms and 11 backyard coups in the Fraser Valley. In response, the federal government ordered the slaughter of 17 million chickens, turkeys and other domestic birds.
The current outbreak is already having an economic impact on the Canadian poultry industry.
Since this avian flu was reported, Japan has banned all Canadian poultry products, as well as the import of chicks from B.C.; South Korea has banned chicks from Canada; Taiwan has banned all B.C. poultry and poultry products; and Hong Kong has banned poultry products from the Fraser Valley.
B.C.'s Ministry of Agriculture says the province's poultry industry produced 160 million kilograms of chicken in 2012, and 21 million kilograms of turkey.
Follow @ByJamesKeller on Twitter
— With files from Helen Branswell in Toronto
Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said a 2010 outbreak in Manitoba was high-path H5N2

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-a ... 18221.html

VANCOUVER - The virus at the centre of an avian influenza outbreak in British Columbia's Fraser Valley is the H5N2 strain, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Thursday — the same variety behind at least three previous outbreaks at Canadian farms.

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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · now 10 seconds ago
#CFIA chief vet Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said avian influenza has also been identified in four farms, although it is highly contagious.
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 3m 3 minutes ago
There are 80,000 birds on four farms that will be killed because of #avianinfluenza in Chilliwack and Abbotsford. #westcdnag
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 8m 8 minutes ago
Only four farms have tested pos for #avianinfluenza on BC farms. No other farms or birds tested pos, said CFIA vet Dr. Harpreet Kochhaar.
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 14m 14 minutes ago
Birds, poultry and feed from the four barns with avian influenza will be composted, first inside, then outside. Compost heat will kill virus
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 22m 22 minutes ago
Poultry producers impacted by #avianinfluenza will be compensated in accordance with rules, said CFIA chief vet Dr. Harpreet Kochhar.
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 23m 23 minutes ago
#CFIA depopulating birds on a broiler breeder chicken farm, where Avian Influenza positively id. Birds from other farm will be also be depop
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 30m 30 minutes ago
Am on a #CFIA technical briefing of latest in avian influenza in BC poultry barns. Will update any new information. #westcdnag

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 9:20 pm 
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · now 10 seconds ago
#CFIA chief vet Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said avian influenza has also been identified in four farms, although it is highly contagious.
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 3m 3 minutes ago
There are 80,000 birds on four farms that will be killed because of #avianinfluenza in Chilliwack and Abbotsford. #westcdnag
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 8m 8 minutes ago
Only four farms have tested pos for #avianinfluenza on BC farms. No other farms or birds tested pos, said CFIA vet Dr. Harpreet Kochhaar.
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 14m 14 minutes ago
Birds, poultry and feed from the four barns with avian influenza will be composted, first inside, then outside. Compost heat will kill virus
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 22m 22 minutes ago
Poultry producers impacted by #avianinfluenza will be compensated in accordance with rules, said CFIA chief vet Dr. Harpreet Kochhar.
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 23m 23 minutes ago
#CFIA depopulating birds on a broiler breeder chicken farm, where Avian Influenza positively id. Birds from other farm will be also be depop
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 30m 30 minutes ago
Am on a #CFIA technical briefing of latest in avian influenza in BC poultry barns. Will update any new information. #westcdnag

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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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