Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Avian flu claims 7,500 turkeys

Avian influenza has claimed 7,500 turkeys in a flock of 12,000 in the Woodstock area.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has increased its quarantines from two farms to eight in efforts to contain the outbreak.

So far it has been identified at the Animal Health Laboratory in Guelph as a member of the H5 group and given the high mortality rate, it’s likely to be a highly-pathogenic subtype, possibly N2 which has broken out across the United States and in British Columbia.

The feather boards have activated their “command centre” to deal with the situation, advising members to step up biosecurity measures.