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March 15, 2015- Although the virulent strain of avian flu that has affected poultry in numerous states in the U.S. has been identified as nearly identical to viruses isolated in migratory ducks, how the virus is spreading can't be explained by the ducks' flight patterns, say experts.  READ MORE 
  After a month with no new cases of avian influenza (AI) being reported, the B.C. poultry industry is hoping the worst is over and it can start getting back to normal. The high path H5N2 outbreak was first confirmed at a broiler breeder and a turkey farm on Dec.…
February 6, 2015 - A backyard chicken coop in B.C.'s Fraser Valley has tested positive for avian influenza, the first case in more than a month in the region.  CTV News reports.    
December 3, 2014 - Two more farms in British Columbia's Fraser Valley were placed under quarantine Wednesday as officials attempted to contain an outbreak of avian influenza, though it wasn't yet clear whether any birds at the new sites were actually infected.The announcement brought to four the number of farms in B.C.'s Fraser Valley under…
December 2, 2014 - Two poultry farms in southwestern British Columbia are under quarantine and thousands of birds are set to be euthanized after the discovery of an avian influenza of the H5 subtype, provincial and federal agencies said Tuesday.Health officials had yet to determine the precise strain of the virus, including whether it is…
It’s currently a conundrum for those in the poultry industry when one or several birds must be transported, from a farm where there is a bird health issue to the lab, where various samples can be taken or a post mortem exam is conducted. Often, the same boxes that have…
One of the most important procedures on a farm for protecting the health of both livestock and farmers is the maintenance of strict biosecurity protocols. But following them takes time, money and effort for little or no immediate benefit. On the other hand, however, a disease outbreak can occur with…
As flu seasons begins, the risk of re-emergence of avian influenza A viruses (AIVs) increases. In light of this, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is urging increased precautions and continuous surveillance by all countries. Past AIV outbreaks have caused huge economic losses in the food…
Oct. 18, 2013 - In the U.S., the outbreak of Salmonella from raw chicken linked to three Foster Farms processing plants in central California is continuing to spread.As of last week, the outbreak has spread to 20 states and Puerto Rico, and has affected over 300 people, according to the…
Whenever you are on a long road trip, checking the rearview mirror or odometer to appreciate how far you have come can often provide a psychological lift. This is particularly true if you have kids in the back who repeatedly ask if you’re almost there. The answer is usually “not…
Unlike the rest of the country, where adoption of biosecurity protocols is voluntary, British Columbia’s poultry biosecurity program is mandatory for all commercial table egg, hatching egg, chicken and turkey producers in the province.B.C.’s four poultry marketing boards and commissions used their regulatory authority to make the industry-developed biosecurity program…
In 2003, I was looking forward to a visit from my Long Lost Uncle, who lives somewhere on the south part of New Zealand’s north island. I had only ever met him once, when I could barely form a sentence, so the whole thing was much anticipated.It never happened though.Not…
Jun. 13, 2013 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz recently received the report for the Independent Review of XL Foods Inc. Beef Recall and tabled it in the House of Commons. "Canadian families need to have confidence in our food safety system, which is why our Government initiated this independent review,"said…
May 24, 2013, Beijing, China - The H7N9 bird flu virus has not been detected in poultry farms, with positive samples mainly coming from live poultry markets, according to China's Ministry of Agriculture (MOA). The MOA said it has "basically" finished collecting and testing 899,758 samples from across most parts…
Apr. 16, 2013, Nanjing/Hangzhou - East China's Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces have reported eight new H7N9 infection cases, bringing the total number of H7N9 cases across the country to 71. Currently, 71 cases of the H7N9 strain of bird flu have been reported across China, including one in Beijing, 24…

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