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Food Agency Updates Bird Flu Situation

by 5m Editor
25 February 2009, at 9:26a.m.

CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has updated its information on the outbreak of avian influenza in British Columbia. The total number of quarantined premises is now 41.

On 21 February, CFIA reported the following update:

  • People are rarely affected by avian influenza, except in a limited number of cases when individuals have been in close contact with infected birds. Nevertheless, public health authorities are taking precautionary measures as warranted.
  • Cleaning and disinfection activities on the first infected premises continue.
  • Composting is in progress on the second infected premises.
  • Surveillance on the commercial poultry premises within three kilometres of the first and second infected premises and any in-contact premises still under quarantine outside of the three-kilometre radius continues.
  • Prior to moving poultry or poultry products off the quarantined premises, birds must be sampled, test negative and a licence for movement must be issued by the CFIA.
  • Poultry owners in the area are encouraged to take an active role in protecting their flocks by enhancing their biosecurity measures, monitoring their flocks regularly and immediately reporting any signs of illness that could be consistent with avian influenza by calling 604-226-1753.

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