Third test for avian flu in gosling is negative
gosling has been subjected to a third test for the H5 avian flu by the Canadian
Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), with another negative
The gosling, from a non-commercial flock, died in
mid-June, with an initial test by the Atlantic Veterinary College indicating
that the bird had an H5 strain of bird
A follow-up test by the CFIA
in its Winnipeg laboratory a few days later din not find any trace of the virus.
At the time, representatives of the CFIA suggested the virus could have been
present, but degraded before the bird reached its laboratory.
third test, which includes an effort to grow a culture of the virus, is
considered more accurate.
Dr Jim Clarke of the CFIA said the Vet
College's initial finding was still credible.
"It was likely an
incidental finding, something that had nothing to do with the death of the
gosling that was submitted to the college," he said.
something that was present in the environment and likely represented no risk to
either human or animal health."
On Wednesday the quarantine that was
placed on the farm on June 16 following the initial positive result was
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