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Second Flock Confirmed With A. I.

CFIA RELEASE

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza virus in a second commercial poultry operation in southern British Columbia.

The flock was tested as part of the surveillance activities within three kilometres of the commercial poultry operation where low-pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza was detected on Jan. 24.

Tests to date indicate that the strain of avian influenza on the new premises is also low pathogenic and similar to the original strain identified on the index premises. Further testing is underway to confirm precise subtype and strain of the virus.

All birds on the new infected premises will be humanely euthanized and disposed of in accordance with provincial environmental regulations and internationally accepted disease control guidelines. Once all birds have been removed, the CFIA will oversee the cleaning and disinfection of the barns, vehicles, equipment and tools to eliminate any infectious material that may remain.

In order to limit any potential virus spread, the CFIA is applying movement restrictions on commercial operations within three kilometres of the new infected premises. This new threekilometre radius around the new infected premises overlaps the three-kilometre radius around the index premises. The CFIA is placing quarantines on an additional 10 premises as a result.

Jordan Lifts Ban On Canadian Beef, Cattle

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One of Canada’s expected future free trade partners has reopened its ports to Canadian beef and cattle, offering a potential million-dollar export market.

Jordan, which in August concluded talks with Canada toward a free trade agreement, has decided to lift a ban it’s had in place since Canada’s first domestic case of BSE was found in an Alberta cow in 2003.

The government quoted the Canadian Beef Export Federation as estimating market access in Jordan could boost the value of Canadian beef exports up to $1 million.

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