Friday, April 10, 2015

Flu forces poultry show cancellation

The annual London Poultry Show has been cancelled because the industry is on high biosecurity to prevent the spread of avian influenza.

“While the London Poultry Show offers an important educational opportunity, we have determined that the risk to the industry outweighs any potential benefits of the Show, as well as potential consequences resulting from its cancellation,” said Keith Robbins, executive director of the Poultry Industry Council.

A flock of 30,000 turkeys near Woodstock has been infected with the H5N2 strain of avian influenza, prompting officials to euthanize the 20,000 birds that have survived and to impose a five-kilometre quarantine zone that incorporates eight poultry farms.

The quarantine zone prevents traffic in and out.