Friday, July 8, 2016

Avian flu outbreak on duck farm

A duck farm near St. Catharines has had an outbreak of avian influenza.

Even though the strain is in the low-pathogenicity category, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has imposed a quarantine and ordered the flock destroyed.

It’s likely that there will be a quarantine zone that will include a number of commercial poultry operations and that the poultry industry will go on heightened biosecurity alert.

The CFIA is conducting tests to determine the precise strain of influenza involved.