Via the Abbotsford News: Avian influenza discovered on two new Abbotsford farms. Excerpt:
Avian influenza has been detected at two Abbotsford poultry farms, officials said Wednesday.
The two farms have a total of just under 9,000 broiler breeder chickens. Both are within three kilometres of a Sumas Prairie turkey farm where the "highly contagious and virulent" virus first began killing birds over the weekend of Nov. 29 and 30.
The virus was also found on a second barn at a site where influenza was discovered late last week. The two barns, which both have in excess of 30,000 birds, are owned by different companies and being treated as different farms. A total of 155,000 birds at eight different poultry operations have now either already died or been euthanized, or will be killed as officials try to stop the H5N2 avian influenza from spreading further.
And one more Fraser Valley farm is also under investigation, according to Dr. Harpreet Kochar, chief veterinary officer of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
Kochar said the discovery of new affected sites was not a shock.
"This identification of additional farms is not unexpected given that avian influenza is highly contagious," he told reporters at a press briefing Wednesday. "The fact that these farms were identified quickly underscores industry's commitment to supporting the response effort by immediately reporting any signs of illness."
The CFIA has finished "depopulating" the first four farms of birds, and efforts are now underway at the fifth farm. Birds at the newly affected farms will also be killed in the days to come.
In an effort to control the spread of the virus, movement restrictions have been put in place on all poultry in Southern British Columbia, with areas surrounding the farms affected under increased scrutiny and restrictions.
But Kochar said there was no guarantee that the restrictions would stop the further spread of the virus.
Mike Coston at Avian Flu Diary has an excellent post on the situation.