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Media cites fifth Fraser Valley farm with H5N2 (turkey farm with capacity of 60,000).

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says avian influenza has spread to a fifth Fraser Valley farm, a turkey producer near Abbotsford.

B.C. Ministry of Agriculture Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Jane Pritchard says the turkey farm contains two barns with a capacity of 30,000 birds each.

The CFIA says given the highly contagious nature of the disease it anticipated other farms could be identified. It says quarantine measure are in effect at each identified farm and rejected a suggestion the spread was out-of-control.

A cull of infected poultry is already underway at four Fraser Valley farms, where some 80,000 birds are being euthanized. Canada's chief veterinary officer has said the federal government will compensate farms for each bird destroyed.

Avian flu confirmed at four Fraser Valley farms after testing
The federal government has confirmed the type of avian flu found at a turkey farm in Abbotsford and a chicken farm in Chilliwack as the highly pathogenic H5N2.

Further testing at two other nearby farms that received chickens from the Chilliwack site have confirmed H5 avian flu, but the strain has yet to be identified.

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Farms affected by the avian flu outbreak are under tightened biosecurity measures. (CBC)

​There have been three previous outbreaks in Canada involving the low-path strain of H5N2 — two in B.C. and one in Manitoba.

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.

The B.C. Poultry Association has said it is confident biosecurity measures will be able to stop the spread of avian flu in the region.

No human has become ill from an H5 influenza outbreak, according to public health officials.

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The CFIA says it's investigating if there was contact between the four farms and this fifth farm now quarantined. #AvianFlu #FraserValley

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News1130 @News1130radio · 23m 23 minutes ago
The CFIA says it has mobilized all available resources to deal with the #avianflu outbreak in the #FraserValley

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News1130 @News1130radio · 25m 25 minutes ago
The CFIA says the fifth farm quarantined because of #avianflu is near #Abbotsford

News1130 @News1130radio · 7h 7 hours ago

EXCLUSIVE: A fifth farm in the Valley tests positive for Avian Flu. Sources confirm it's a turkey farm on the Aldergrove-Abbotsford border.

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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 8m 8 minutes ago
As of yesterday 80,000 birds will be euthanized in four barns testing pos for avian influenza in Fraser Valley. Today's farm has 60,000 bird
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 39m 39 minutes ago
Depending on if all the barns were full of birds in latest farm testing pos. for avian influenza, brings total infected birds to 140,000.
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 40m 40 minutes ago
Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, South Africa, U.S. and Mexico have placed a variety of restrictions on Canadian poultry because of bird flu
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 45m 45 minutes ago
To recap: A fifth farm has tested pos for highly virulent strain of H5 avian influenza in BC Fraser Valley. Now 2 turkey and 3 poultry farms
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 47m 47 minutes ago
The poultry industry in the Fraser Valley has been described as "very,very dense. A 3 k zone around one farm hits 70 poultry farms.
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 52m 52 minutes ago
The farmer who owned fifth confirmed site contacted vet mid Thursday and pos on H5 conf Sat morning, said vets during tech briefing
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 55m 55 minutes ago
The fifth farm under quarantine has two barns. Each barn has a capacity for 30,000 birds each. The pos. sample from 10,000 9 wk old turkeys
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 1h 1 hour ago
The owner of the latest farm came forward and asked for testing when higher than level of birds were dying. Preliminary results pos for ai.
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 1h 1 hour ago
A fifth farm has been quarantined for a suspected case of Avian Influenza in a turkey farm in BC's Fraser Valley. #westcdnag
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Mary MacArthur @marymacarthur · 3h 3 hours ago
#CFIA holding another technical briefing today on avian influenza in BC poultry farms. I will listen in and update. #westcdnag

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 3:14 pm 
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UPDATE: Virulent strain of bird flu found on fifth Fraser Valley farm
The strain has led to the euthanization of up to 140,000 birds, and Canadian poultry is now banned in seven countries
Dec. 8, 2014, 10:26 a.m.

By Jen St. Denis


The latest farm to be hit by the avian flu is a turkey producer located near Abbotsford, bringing the number of farms affected by the outbreak to five, health officials reported over the weekend of December 6.

It is estimated that up to 140,000 birds have been or will be euthanized.
The farms have been put under quarantine in an effort to contain a particularly virulent strain of avian influenza,
The H5N2 influenza strain was first found at a turkey farm in Abbottsford and a chicken farm in Chilliwack. Test results have confirmed the presence of the virus on two additional farms, which are located in between the two farms previously found to have sick birds, and on the latest farm near Abbotsford.


"The CFIA has mobilized all available resources to manage this situation," the CFIA said in a December 6 statement. "The agency continues to work closely with the Province of British Columbia, the owners of the infected birds and the poultry industry to manage this outbreak."

The influenza strain is both very virulent, meaning symptoms are severe with a high mortality rate, and pathogenic. No humans have become ill from the virus, the officials said, and the fact that the virus is a high-pathogen strain in birds does not necessarily mean it would translate to a high-pathogen version in humans.

Health officials are still trying to determine how the virus was introduced to the farms and how it may have spread between the farms. It is possible the turkeys and chickens may have caught the illness from wild birds.

The Ministry of Agriculture and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will now be checking other farms within the area to monitor whether the virus has spread, said Dr. Jane Pritchard, chief veterinary officer for B.C.'s Ministry of Agriculture.
Hong Kong and Taiwan have banned imports of all Canadian poultry products, including eggs. South Korea has banned imports of chicks from Canada, while Japan has put restrictions on poultry imports. The United States and Mexico are also restricting or banning imports.
Michel Benoit of the B.C. Turkey Farmers Association said that most B.C.-produced turkey and poultry is sold within the domestic market. A small amount of turkey products, such as drumsticks and wings, are exported, but not to Asia, Benoit said.

The current outbreak comes at a period of intense production for turkey farmers as Christmas nears; a previous outbreak in 2004 happened in the spring, a quieter time for turkey farms.

Farmers who lose livestock as a result of avian flu will be eligible for compensation from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, although that money won’t cover the entire cost of downtime for the farms, Benoit said.

He emphasized that chicken and turkey meat is still safe to eat.

Farmers affected by the epidemic may be eligible for compensation from the federal government under the Health of Animals act .
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:06 am 
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Abbotsford bird flu quarantine expands as farmers calculate losses
CBC News Posted: Jan 28, 2009 10:31 AM PT Last Updated: Jan 28, 2009 10:17 AM PT


Cull of 60,000 turkeys at B.C. farm may begin Monday
IN DEPTH: Avian flu - the next pandemic?
The number of farms under quarantine in the Fraser Valley is growing because of concerns over avian flu, as farmers raise their own concerns that compensation for destroyed birds will fall far short of their losses.

Two more farms outside of the three-kilometre quarantine zone around E & H Farms in Abbotsford, B.C., have been cordoned off, raising the total number of affected farms to 26.

Sandra Stephens, a disease control specialist with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said the two new farms have been quarantined as a precaution after someone there had contact with the E & H farm.

"We are trying to uncover all possible stones that might reveal where potentially this virus came from and where potentially it could be taken to," said Stephens.

Quarantine could expand further

So far, tests on the other farms are negative, but that could change.

"People should not be too surprised in the coming days — we may have others," said Stephans.

CFIA officials still believe the virus found on the E & H farm was low pathogenic, that is, less likely to cause illness, but tests are continuing to determine its full subtype and pathogenicity. Results should be known within days, they said.

There are multiple subtypes of the H5 virus that causes avian flu and the agency has cautioned that the presence of H5 does not mean there is an outbreak of specifically the H5N1 virus that has killed nearly 250 people in Asia, Africa and Europe after surfacing in Asia in late 2003.

In 2004, millions of birds died or were destroyed in the Fraser Valley from an outbreak caused by a "high pathogenic" H7N3 virus. The Fraser Valley experienced an H5N2 outbreak in November 2005.

Cull devastating for farm

Meanwhile, the two brothers who operate separate businesses on the E & H Farms property say the financial fallout of having 60,000 of their turkeys destroyed after the outbreak was detected on their property is devastating.

Shawn Heppel said he and his brother, Mike, will be without cash flow until late August due to the cull.

"It's three months minimum before we can start up again and four months after that until birds can be sold," Heppel said as CFIA personnel completed the destruction of the turkeys at the farm on Tuesday.

"So, we're looking at seven months without cash flow."

Workers with the agency began destroying the birds Monday by sealing the two barns on property near Abbotsford and flooding them with carbon dioxide.

The turkeys were ordered destroyed following the discovery last week of an H5 virus. The virus was detected only in Mike Heppell's barn, but all the birds in both barns still had to be destroyed.

The brothers would have received about $1.1 million had they been able to sell the fully grown birds at market, Shawn Heppel said.

Compensation is available under provisions of the federal Health of Animals Act, but the CFIA has already told him their compensation will be nowhere near that, he said.

Compensation disagreements

A spokesman for the B.C. Poultry Association said earlier that there are disagreements between the industry and the government about how compensation is calculated.

There are compensation programs through the provincial Agriculture Ministry, "but those usually pay out a year later, and they're usually a nickel on the dollar kind of program," Shawn Heppel said.

He said the outbreak has caused a lot of grief but likely won't mean the end of their farms.

"We've been in business a long time, and this probably isn't going to put us out of business, but it's a big kick in the pants."

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:17 am 
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Up to 60,000 turkeys to be culled after Abbotsford avian flu outbreak


BY AMY O'BRIAN, VANCOUVER SUN JANUARY 24, 2009

Up to 60,000 turkeys to be culled after Abbotsford avian flu outbreak
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E & H Farms, a turkey farm near Abbotsford.
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METRO VANCOUVER - Up to 60,000 turkeys on a farm near Abbotsford will be culled and their bodies likely composted due to an outbreak of avian flu.

Initial testing has shown birds at E & H Farms are carrying avian flu, but the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is awaiting final confirmation from a lab in Winnipeg.

“At this point in time, while we’re waiting for the test, we are making plans for how we will destroy the birds and how we will dispose of the carcasses,” said Sandra Stephens, a disease control specialist with the C.F.I.A.

“We want to be prepared to be able to act very, very quickly once we receive the final word from the lab.”

In an effort to contain the virus, 22 commercial farms in a three-kilometre radius surrounding E & H Farms have been under quarantine since the virus was initially detected Wednesday night. The quarantine means poultry products cannot leave a farm until they have been tested and show no signs of the avian flu.

The quarantine will remain in effect for three weeks after the turkeys are culled, Stephens said.

The initial test, which was conducted at a lab in Abbotsford, was prompted when a worker noticed the birds seemed to be suffering from some sort of respiratory distress.

Mortality among the birds in the two barns at the farm has been normal to “perhaps slightly elevated,” Stephens said.

Initial tests show the virus is an H5 strain, which is an indication it could become highly pathogenic, similar to the H5N1 virus that has killed more than 250 people worldwide. But Stephens said there has been no evidence to suggest it is an unusually dangerous form of the virus.

“It’s possible that we could have an H5N1, but it would appear, just by the way this virus is acting, that it’s not a highly pathogenic form, so it wouldn’t be the Asian strain,” she said. There are 16 different H-types of the virus, but it is the H5 and the H7 types that can quickly change from a low pathogenic form to a highly pathogenic form, Stephens said.

Dr. Perry Kendall, provincial health officer, said there is no risk to public health at this time. He said one worker at the turkey farm has possibly been affected by contact with the birds, but measures are in place to ensure the health and safety of anyone else who might come in contact with an infected bird.

“We’ve got rapid communication and if we need to, we can very quickly get out and assess who might be at risk,” Kendall said. “We have protocols in place for the protection that we think is needed for the people who would be exposed if they did a cull.”

Those who come in direct contact with the infected birds will have to take a course of anti-viral drugs as a precaution.

“The risk is really remote that the avian influenza would move to humans or infect a human,” he said.

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Follow-up report No.1
Report reference: CAN-2014-NAI-001., Reference OIE : 16700, Report Date : 09/12/2014, Country : Canada
Report Summary
Name of sender of the report Dr Martine Dubuc Telephone +1 613 773 5722
Position OIE Delegate for Canada, Chief Food Safety Officer Vice-President,
Science Branch
Fax +1 613 773 5797
Address Floor 3, Room 349
1400 Merivale Road, Tower 2
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y9 Ottawa
Email martine.dubuc@inspection.gc.ca
Date submitted to OIE 09/12/2014
Animal type Terrestrial Date of report 09/12/2014
Disease Highly pathogenic avian influenza Date of start of the event 30/11/2014
Causal Agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus Date of pre-confirmation of the
event
01/12/2014
Serotype(s) H5N2 Date of last occurrence 01/2008
Reason Reoccurrence of a listed disease Diagnosis Laboratory (advanced)
Country or zone a zone or compartment Clinical signs Yes
Number of reported outbreaks submitted= 5, Draft= 0
Outbreak details
Province Number of outbreaks District Sub-district Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start Date End Date:
BRITISH
COLUMBIA-other report
- submitted
- Farm Abbotsford 49.052273 -122.30595 30/11/2014
Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
Birds Animals 28000 7700 7700 20300 0
Affected Population BC-2014-NAI-002
Meat turkey farm
Affected barn: 83 days of age toms (70% mortality).
In addition, hens and 2 week old poults on the premises with normal mortality rate.
Province Number of outbreaks District Sub-district Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start Date End Date:
BRITISH
COLUMBIA-other report
- submitted
- Farm Chilliwack 49.171042 -121.95099 30/11/2014
Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
Birds Animals 12800 700 700 12100 0
Affected Population BC-2014-NAI-001
Chicken broiler breeder farm.
The affected barn holds a flock of 24 weeks of age (10% mortality).
An adjacent barn, not affected, contains a flock of 47 weeks of age.
Province Number of outbreaks District Sub-district Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start Date End Date:
BRITISH COLUMBIA-
(this report - submitted)
- Farm Abbotsford 49.052273 -122.30595 02/12/2014
Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
Birds Animals 14000 250 250 13750 0
Affected Population BC-2014-NAI-003
Chicken broiler breeder farm.
Affected barn holds hens and roosters 37 week old (sudden death).
In addition, 2 week old pullets on the premises with normal mortality rate.
Printed on: Tue Dec 9 19:41:45 CET 2014 Page 1/4Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
Province Number of outbreaks District Sub-district Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start Date End Date:
BRITISH COLUMBIA-
(this report - submitted)
- Farm Abbotsford 49.052273 -122.30595 02/12/2014
Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
Birds Animals 27000 22 22 26978 0
Affected Population BC-2014-NAI-004
Chicken broiler breeder farm.
Affected barn holds hens and roosters 41 week old (sudden death).
In addition, 7 and 59 week old hens and roosters on the premises with normal mortality rates.
Province Number of outbreaks District Sub-district Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start Date End Date:
BRITISH COLUMBIA-
(this report - submitted)
- Farm Abbotsford 49.052275 -122.30597 04/12/2014
Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
Birds Animals 31000 50 50 ... ...
Affected Population BC-2014-NAI-005
Meat turkey farm.
One barn affected 9 week old birds, high mortality. In addition, 4 and 14 week old birds on premises with normal mortality rates.
Outbreak summary: Total outbreaks = 5 (Submitted)
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
Birds 112800 8722 8722 73128 0
Epidemiology
Epidemiological comments
Testing at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease (NCFAD) on samples from outbreaks number BC-2014-NAI-001 and BC-2014-NAI-002 was performed: RT-PCR and partial sequencing of the H and N gene segments indicates a
poly-basic cleavage site in H5 consistent with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus and the virus being a H5N2 Avian Influenza Virus with an IVPI of 2.96-2.98.
The CFIA has also confirmed H5 avian influenza virus in 3 additional farms (outbreak number BC-2014-NAI-003, BC-2014-NAI-004 and BC-2014-NAI-005) with clinical signs.
Farms from outbreak number BC-2014-NAI-001, BC-2014-NAI-002, BC-2014-NAI-003 and BC-2014-NAI-004 have been humanely depopulated.
At this point, this event is limited geographically to a portion of the Fraser Valley in the southern fringe of the province of British Columbia. Infected premises were quarantined by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and a stamping out policy is being implemented, as
described in the Notifiable Avian Influenza (NAI) Hazard Specific Plan. The Canadian Notifiable Avian Influenza Surveillance System (CanNAISS) is an ongoing surveillance system built to demonstrate absence of NAI in poultry in Canada. CanNAISS results and epidemiological
investigation to date are supporting that there is no evidence of infection outside of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia.
On 8 December 2014, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has established a primary control zone in the area where the disease has been identified. The primary control zone is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the south by the United States border, on the
north by Highway 16, and on the east by the border between British Columbia and Alberta. Additional information on the zone and the restrictions in place are available at
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/an.imals/te ... 8073267337.
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
• Unknown or inconclusive
Measures applied
Applied To be applied
• stamping out
• quarantine
• movement control inside the country
• screening
• zoning
• disinfection of infected premises/establishment(s)
Animals treated Vaccination Prohibited
No Yes
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory Type Name of Laboratory Species Test Type Date Results Provided Result
National laboratory National Centre for Foreign
Animal Disease, Canadian Food
Inspection Agency
Birds virus isolation 04/12/2014 Positive
Follow-up report No.: 1, Report reference: CAN-2014-NAI-001., OIE Ref: 16700, Report Date: 09/12/2014, Country: Canada
Printed on: Tue Dec 9 19:41:45 CET 2014 Page 2/4Laboratory Type Name of Laboratory Species Test Type Date Results Provided Result
National laboratory National Centre for Foreign
Animal Disease, Canadian Food
Inspection Agency
Birds intravenous pathogenicity
index (IVPI) test
06/12/2014 Positive
National laboratory National Centre for Foreign
Animal Disease, Canadian Food
Inspection Agency
Birds virus sequencing 04/12/2014 Positive
National laboratory National Centre for Foreign
Animal Disease, Canadian Food
Inspection Agency
Birds real-time reverse
transcriptase/polymerase chain
reaction (RRT-PCR)
03/12/2014 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.

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