Canadian Farm Quarantined in Bird-Flu Outbreak, Government Says

   By Maria Armental 
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A Canadian duck farm near the U.S. border is under quarantine and all birds at the farm will be euthanized after preliminary tests confirmed the presence of a low-pathogenic strain of avian influenza, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Thursday.

The farm in question is located near St. Catharines, in southern Ontario. Last year, a highly contagious strain of the virus in nearby Oxford County affected nearly 80,000 birds, according to government data.

Results of additional tests are expected in the next few days.

The agency will oversee the cleaning and disinfection of the barns, vehicles, equipment and tools.

Low-pathogenic avian flu occurs naturally in wild birds and can spread to domestic birds, often showing minor signs of illness in infected poultry. Low-pathogenic strains pose little threat to human health.

Last year’s severe outbreak of the highly infectious H5N2 strain–the worst in U.S. history with more than 50 million birds affected–led to import bans on poultry from the U.S. and Canada.

This year, the U.S. has confirmed a highly pathogenic H7N8 bird-flu outbreak at an Indiana turkey farm.

No human cases of the virus have been detected.

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