CFIA confirms new H5N1 avian flu cases in small flocks in Kelowna, Richmond, B.C.
By The Canadian PressNews Disease watch avian influenza H5N1
Disease found in province's Lower Mainland for first time during current outbreak.
Avian flu has been found in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland for the first time since the infection began spreading across the continent this spring.
The H5N1 virus has also been found in small flocks in Kelowna, the North Okanagan and the Kootenay region in the province.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says in a release that the infected locations have been placed under quarantine and the Ministry of Agriculture has notified producers within a 12-kilometre radius about the flocks with positive test results.
The agency says it presumes the flu spread through contact with infected migrating wild birds.
B.C. has ordered all commercial poultry operators with more than 100 birds to move their flocks indoors until the spring migration ends in May.
Avian flu cases have been confirmed in several other provinces, but no infections have been detected in humans.
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