Tenth poultry farm tests positive for avian flu in B.C.

Poultry in a 10th British Columbia farm have tested positive for avian influenza, bringing the total of poultry dead to 233,800 birds.

On Dec. 13, 53,000 birds from a table egg layer barn in Langley, B.C., tested positive for the highly virulent strain of H5N2 avian influenza.

This is the first time birds in Langley have tested positive. The first barn to have birds test positive for avian influenza was a broiler breeder facility in Chilliwack, B.C., Dec. 1. The rest of the barns have all been in Abbotsford.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is continuing its investigation. Identification of additional farms is not unexpected because of the highly contagious nature of the influenza.

As part of regular investigations, CFIA is tracking movement in and out of all the infected sites. CFIA placed a primary zone around most of southern B.C. to help control the disease and limit the export damage to the poultry industry across Canada.

So far, nine countries have placed partial or full bans on poultry from Canada.

Contact mary.macarthur@producer.com

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