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The fifth confirmed farm in 2014 in west Abbotsford near the Langley / Abbotsford border is the 60,000 turkey farm that was the index for the 2009 outbreak in Fraser Valley.

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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.
Photograph by: Jean Konda-Witte , Abbotsford-Mission Times
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.

http://www.vancouversun.com/Health/turk ... story.html

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:44 am 
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niman wrote:
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.
Photograph by: Jean Konda-Witte , Abbotsford-Mission Times

http://www.vancouversun.com/Health/turk ... story.html

2014 VIDEO of Turkey Farm shows matching picture (and location of both farms is on Lefeuvre Rd at the Langley / Abbotsford border and both have 60,000 turkeys).

http://globalnews.ca/news/1712341/bird- ... 4c63f5fbab

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:07 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."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-c ... s-1.791351

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:57 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.
Photograph by: Jean Konda-Witte , Abbotsford-Mission Times
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.

http://www.vancouversun.com/Health/turk ... story.html

2009 H5N2 description on Feb 3 (first report on Jan 24)

The CFIA National Centre for Foreign Animal Diseases (NCFAD) has now isolated a Notifiable Avian Influenza Virus (AIV) from the index farm. The AIV isolate was confirmed as H5N2. The closest match in Genbank for the N gene is A/American green-winged teal/California/HKWF406/2007(H5N2), accession number: CY033446. The closest match in Genbank for the H gene is A/American green-winged teal/California/HKWF609/2007(H5N2), accession number: CY033444, as reported in the immediate notification. Based on gene sequencing results, the virus was determined to be of low virulence. The NCFAD will now proceed with the determination of the IVPI index. Note by the OIE Animal Health Information Department: H5 and H7 avian influenza in its low pathogenic form in poultry is a notifiable disease as per Chapter 10.4. on avian influenza of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code (2008).

CFIA National Center for Foreign Animal Diseases (National laboratory) Birds gene sequencing 02/02/2009 Positive
CFIA National Center for Foreign Animal Diseases (National laboratory) Birds intravenous pathogenicity index (IVPI) test 02/02/2009 Pending
CFIA National Center for Foreign Animal Diseases (National laboratory)

http://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public/wahid ... ortid=7761

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Date of start of the event 04/12/2014
Outbreak Status Continuing
Date of resolution of the outbreak
Province BRITISH COLUMBIA
District
Sub-district
Epidemiological Unit Type Farm
Location Abbotsford
Latitude 49.052275
Longitude -122.30597
Description of 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.


Affected animals
Species At risk Cases Deaths Destroyed
Birds 31000 50 50
Total Animals 31000 50 50 0

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