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In Ontario, worries of an even deadlier pandemic start with chickens

By CBC News   

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The talk among poultry farmers isn't 'if' H5N1 arrives in Ontario this spring, but 'when' .

The Ontario government and the province’s poultry industry are putting renewed focus on biosecurity at their first meeting in the three years since the COVID-19 pandemic began, with the hope farmers’ actions today might stop an even deadlier pandemic before it begins.

Until this year, the National Poultry Show in London, Ont., was traditionally held in April. But as infections and losses among domestic flocks continue to add up from the highly pathogenic avian flu, or H5N1, the event was moved to early February to get the message out before wild birds start their spring migration.

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