The latest Canadian outbreak of avian flu appears to have caught animal-health authorities by surprise.
Although they seem to have moved quickly to try to contain it, one official admitted they may be dealing with a very virulent strain.
Two more farms in B.C.’s Fraser Valley, just east of Vancouver, were quarantined Wednesday, bringing the number of poultry operations being investigated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to four, said chief veterinarian Dr. Harpreet Kochhar.
He also warned that officials aren’t sure the outbreak will be limited to those four, three of which are chicken farms and another that was raising turkeys for the Christmas market.
“As avian influenza is highly contagious and can spread rapidly; it is possible that additional at-risk farms may be identified in the coming days,” Kochhar said.
Chief B.C. Medical Officer Dr. Perry Kendall said there’s no evidence of people being infected by the virus, though health officials are prepared to isolate andRead More »from Scope of surprise bird flu outbreak still unknown