7 countries ban BC poultry for avian flu concerns, as 5th farm is quarantined
A fifth farm in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley has placed under quarantine for avian influenza. The most recent farm was quarantined after a farmer reported a higher number of turkey deaths than usual on Friday. The farm houses about 60,000 turkeys, reports CTV News.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said that more than 140,000 turkeys and chickens from the affected farms will be euthanized.
Since the outbreak was first detected last week, seven countries — the United States, Japan, South korea, Taiwan, China, South Africa and Mexico — have banned poultry products from B.C. or all of Canada. Avian influenza poses little risk to people who are consuming poultry meat if it is handled and cooked properly. In rare cases, the virus can be transmitted to people who have had close contact with the birds, health officials said.
Source: CTV News