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B. C. bird flu cull wraps up

A cull of about 60,000 birds on a B. C. poultry farm, where an H5 strain of avian flu was recently found, is now complete, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Jan. 28.

The birds were euthanized using carbon dioxide and their carcasses are being composted inside the barns, and temperatures are being monitored to ensure the virus is “effectively inactive.”

Quarantines continue for 22 other poultry farms within a three-km radius of the infected farm, though other flocks tested in that radius have so far turned up negative for the disease.

CFIA announced Jan. 24 the infected Fraser Valley farm was confirmed to have birds carrying an H5 strain of avian flu. The virus’ subtype and pathogenicity aren’t yet confirmed.

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