B.C. warns doctors to watch for avian flu spreading to humans after spike in cases in birds
By CBC NewsNews Disease watch
Centre for Disease Control says human cases are very rare, but outbreaks increase chances of transmission.
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control is asking doctors to be on the lookout for the unlikely possibility of highly pathogenic avian influenza spreading to humans after a recent spike in outbreaks on commercial farms in the Fraser Valley.
According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, there have been 48 sites in the region with infections involving the H5N1 subtype of the virus since Nov. 16.
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