Via CBC News: Bird flu can be detected in minutes with new device. Excerpt:
The University of Guelph has developed a new portable tool that will let farmers detect bird flu in a matter of minutes.
Currently, farmers or the CFIA have to take blood samples and send them to a lab for results. The process can take up to two days.
News of the new detection method comes as federal authorities have widened a quarantine order to 29 Ontario poultry farms to deal with a bird flu outbreak on one turkey farm west of Woodstock, Ont.
Professor Suresh Neethirajan says the new test lets farmers test their own birds in as little as 10 minutes.
"There is no need for shipping the sample from the farm to the lab. So if the farm is a remote place such as Yukon, the Northwest Territories, or even several hours from the big city, it's easy to do the test right away in the farm itself. That's the unique advantage," he said.
The new testing uses a portable device that takes a small blood sample. If bird flu is detected, a colour change will happen and will identify what type of flu the bird has within about 10 minutes.
"The farmer, himself or herself, will be able to manage the farm in a much better manner, if they understand what this particular virus subtype or the strain," said Neethirajan.