Alberta bears brunt of avian influenza outbreak
By Alberta Farmer ExpressNews Disease watch
Half of Canadian poultry losses have occurred in the province.
The most widespread avian influenza outbreak in Canadian history is still affecting Alberta.
Three commercial poultry operations tested positive in late August and early September for the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain, bringing Alberta’s total to 35, according to an emergency task force set up by the province’s four poultry associations.
More cases are expected this fall as migratory birds head south, said Dr. Noel Ritson-Bennett, a veterinarian with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
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