Bird flu in Ottawa, Kingston and western Ontario has farmers, wildlife watchers on alert
By CBC NewsNews Disease watch
Ontario poultry operators 'absolutely concerned,' Chicken Farmers of Canada says.
Farmers and wildlife watchers are on guard after some poultry flocks and wild birds — including a Canada goose in Ottawa and a redhead duck in Kingston, Ont. — recently tested positive for a deadly strain of bird flu.
Canada has seen a limited number of outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of avian flu so far this year, said Dr. Shayan Sharif, a professor and associate dean with the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph.
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