Tests turn up avian flu at third Ont. poultry farm

(Scott Bauer photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Already under preventive quarantine, a turkey farm in southwestern Ontario’s Oxford County is now believed to have the province’s third avian flu outbreak in poultry.

On its website Friday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said it was notified Thursday that presumptive H5 avian flu had been detected at the farm in tests by the University of Guelph’s Animal Health Laboratory.

The farm has been under a preventive quarantine anyway since April 19, relating to the outbreak of H5N2 in chickens confirmed the previous day at a broiler breeder farm west of Ayr, Ont.

The agency didn’t specify Friday where the turkey farm is, except that it’s in the Oxford County portion of the avian flu control zone that was set up on Tuesday for a 10-kilometre radius around the broiler farm.

Samples from the turkey farm have been sent to CFIA’s National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease lab in Winnipeg to confirm the virus’ strain, subtype and pathogenicity — that is, whether it’s “high-path” or “low-path” in severity.

The turkey farm is believed to have about 8,000 birds, CFIA said Friday, but noted it hadn’t yet confirmed that number.

Birds at the broiler farm, and at the Oxford County turkey farm confirmed April 7 with H5N2, were found to have a high-path strain similar to that seen at a dozen farms in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley in December, and at various poultry farms in 12 U.S. states since January. — AGCanada.com Network


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