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08 December 2014

5 British Columbia farms quarantined for bird flu

7 countries have imposed restrictions on British Columbia poultry due to avian influenza.


Seven countries have imposed trade restrictions on Canadian poultry as a fifth farm in British Columbia was put under quarantine for avian influenza.

140 000 turkeys and chickens euthanised

Officials said Saturday that more than 140 000 turkeys and chickens from the affected farms will be euthanised.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the fifth farm near Abbotsford was quarantined after higher than normal turkey deaths were reported by a farmer Friday.

Read: Bird flu: how worried should we be?

B.C. chief veterinary officer Dr. Jane Pritchard says 60 000 turkeys are in the fifth farm.

Avian influenza was first detected a week ago on a broiler-breeder chicken farm in Chilliwack.

No sick people

Officials say no people have fallen ill.

Read: Q&A of bird flu

The B.C. outbreak has led at least seven countriesthe United States, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, South Africa and Mexico – to ban poultry products from B.C. or all of Canada.

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