Saturday, April 25, 2015

Another turkey farm hit with H5N2 avian flu

Another turkey farm in Oxford County, this one inside a 10-kilometre quarantine zone established April 19, has had an outbreak of avian influenza strain H5N2.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has taken control and will euthanize the birds that have not already died.

The turkey farm is across the road from an infected flock of chickens producing hatching eggs for the broiler industry.

That chicken farm, which has two barns, is under control of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency which is euthanizing the birds that survived the outbreak in one of the two barns. They are being composed inside the barns.

Another turkey farm about 30 kilometers away was the first one in Ontario to be hit by the virus. It showed up in one of four barns owned by the province’s largest turkey-farming family business.