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Poultry farms in B.C. under quarantine


November 30, 1999
By The Canadian Press

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Poultry farms in B.C. under quarantine
Several poultry farms in B.C.'s Fraser Valley are under quarantine as officials investigate a possible outbreak of avian influenza.

Several poultry farms in
B.C.'s Fraser Valley are under quarantine as officials investigate a
possible outbreak of avian influenza.

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B.C. Poultry Association spokesman Calvin Bruekelman says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency imposed the quarantine on farms within a three-kilometre radius of one turkey producer in Abbotsford, B.C.

He says tests are underway after antibodies for avian flu were found in some 12-week-old turkeys at E&H Farms.

The affected farm has 50,000 turkeys and Bruekelman says further blood work from the flock is being processed at the CFIA lab in Winnipeg, with results expected in the next 24 hours.

If confirmed, this would not be the first outbreak of avian flu among B.C. poultry producers.