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Turkeys at B.C. farm contract harmless flu virus from pigs: chief vet

by 5m Editor
28 May 2005, at 12:00am

CANADA - Turkeys at a medium-sized farm have contracted a harmless flu virus that seems to have spread from infected pigs brought in from the Prairies, B.C.&#39;s chief veterinary officer said Friday. While stressing the virus doesn&#39;t present any public health concerns, Dr. Ron Lewis said it&#39;s the first time in Canada that it has crossed from pigs to poultry. Lewis said the H3 strain of the virus was recently detected in a small number of turkeys during routine blood sampling at one poultry farm. &quot;It&#39;s not a significant disease in terms of human concern, it&#39;s really not even a significant disease in terms of the birds that are involved,&quot; Lewis said. <em>Source: The Canadian Press</em>

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