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AI in 2nd flock in British Columbia

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza virus in a second commercial poultry operation in southern British Columbia.

 The flock was tested as part of the surveillance activities within 3 km of the commercial poultry operation where low pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza was detected on 24 January.

Tests to date indicate that the strain of avian influenza on the new premises is also low pathogenic and similar to the original strain identified on the index premises. Further testing is underway to confirm precise subtype and strain of the virus.

All birds on the new infected premises will be humanely euthanized and disposed of.

Natalie Berkhout

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