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  • Canada - Avian Influenza highly pathogenic H5N2 confirmed on a turkey farm in Southern Ontario


    Government of Canada
    Government of Ontario



    Government of Ontario
    April 06, 2015 19:10 ET

    Avian Influenza Confirmed on Farm in Southern Ontario

    OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 6, 2015) - Preliminary testing by the Province of Ontario has confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza on a turkey farm near Woodstock, Ontario.
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has placed the farm, and a neighbouring farm, under quarantine to control disease spread and the industry sector has been notified to adopt enhanced biosecurity practices. Further testing by the CFIA is underway to confirm pathogenicity and to determine the precise subtype and strain of the virus. Pathogenicity refers to the severity of the illness caused in birds. Results are expected within days.

    Avian influenza does not pose a risk to food safety when poultry and poultry products are properly handled and cooked. Avian influenza rarely affects humans that do not have consistent contact with infected birds. Public health authorities stand ready to take precautionary measures as warranted.

    Initial tests for the disease were conducted on April 5 at the Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph, after the turkey farm experienced sudden deaths of birds over several days.
    All birds on the infected premises will be humanely euthanized and disposed of, in accordance with provincial environmental regulations and internationally accepted disease control guidelines. As lead response agency the CFIA will ensure the quarantine of the infected farm, and determine a surrounding surveillance zone for further testing and movement control measures. The CFIA will also lead on required depopulation of birds, while the Province will provide technical support on required carcass disposal. 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.

    The Province of Ontario, the CFIA, the owner of the infected birds, and the poultry industry are working closely together to manage the situation. Both levels of government will work with the poultry industry to address issues as they emerge. The Canadian poultry sector currently practices a high level of biosecurity that reduces the risk of disease spread.

    CONTACT INFORMATION
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Media Relations
    613-773-6600

    Susin Micallef
    Ontario Ministry of Agriculture,
    Food and Rural Affairs
    519-826-3145
    519-820-6035 (cell)

    http://www.marketwired.com/press-rel...io-2006955.htm
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    Eight Ontario farms under quarantine in effort to contain bird flu

    Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press
    Published Tuesday, April 7, 2015 5:17PM EDT
    Last Updated Tuesday, April 7, 2015 5:21PM EDT

    TORONTO -- Authorities have placed eight poultry farms in southwestern Ontario under quarantine as they scramble to contain an outbreak of a bird flu virus found on a turkey farm near Woodstock.

    The outbreak was discovered after birds on the turkey farm started to die late last week.

    So far 7,500 turkeys on the farm have died.

    An official from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the remaining birds in the flock of 12,000 will be euthanized humanely.

    CFIA vice-president Paul Mayers says preliminary testing shows the virus is of the H5 subtype, but additional tests are being done to determine the full subtype.
    ...
    http://www.cp24.com/news/eight-ontar...-flu-1.2315942
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    • #3
      Timeline of Events - Notifiable Avian Influenza - Ontario - 2015

      April 7

      The CFIA conducts further testing to confirm pathogenicity, the precise subtype and strain of the virus.

      The CFIA mobilizes emergency response teams.

      Six additional premises in the area are placed under quarantine as a precautionary measure.

      A conference call is held with the provincial chief veterinary officers to provide information on the CFIA's response to the outbreak.

      The CFIA holds a technical briefing for the media to provide information on the situation.

      April 6

      Samples from the affected farm are sent to the CFIA National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease (NCFAD) for official confirmation.

      Two premises are placed under quarantine by the CFIA – the affected farm and a neighboring farm.

      The CFIA notifies national industry associations and key international trading partners.

      The CFIA and the Province of Ontario issue a joint news release.

      April 5

      The Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph notifies the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) of the detection of presumptive H5 avian influenza at a turkey farm near Woodstock, Ontario.

      http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/.../1428460637873
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      • #4
        Health | Wed Apr 8, 2015 4:16pm EDT

        Canada bird flu virus in Ontario highly pathogenic strain


        (Reuters) - The bird flu virus confirmed this week in the Canadian province of Ontario is the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain, a government agency said on Wednesday.
        ...
        http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/...0MZ26O20150408




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        • #5
          Ont. bird flu outbreak caused by H5N2, same virus that hit B.C. in December

          By: Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press
          Wednesday, Apr. 8, 2015 at 3:28 PM

          TORONTO - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the virus responsible for a bird flu outbreak in southwestern Ontario is a highly pathogenic H5N2 virus.

          The virus is the same one that caused a large outbreak in British Columbia that started last December and which has been found in a number of U.S. states more recently.
          ...
          Mayers says another farm has been added to the list of quarantined operations, bringing that list to nine.
          ...
          http://www.brandonsun.com/national/b...391.html?thx=y
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          • #6
            Avian influenza in Southern Ontario confirmed as H5N2

            April 8, 2015

            The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)'s testing at the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease has confirmed the strain causing the avian influenza outbreak on a farm near Woodstock, Ontario as a highly pathogenic H5N2 virus.

            Avian influenza does not pose a risk to food safety when poultry and poultry products are properly handled and cooked. Avian influenza rarely affects humans that do not have consistent contact with infected birds. Public health authorities are ready to take precautionary measures as required.

            H5N2 is a subtype that is known to affect wild and domestic birds. A highly pathogenic virus, as opposed to a low pathogenic virus, causes severe illness and death in birds. All birds on the infected premises will be humanely euthanized in the coming days, under CFIA supervision.

            As the CFIA's investigation progresses, any additional control measures will be assessed and put into place as appropriate.

            Poultry farmers are reminded to practice a high level of biosecurity to reduce the risk of disease spread, and report any suspicious symptoms in their flocks to the CFIA.

            http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/.../1428535644849
            "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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            • #7
              OIE report posted here:

              https://flutrackers.com/forum/forum/...-april-08-2015

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              Timeline of Events - Notifiable Avian Influenza - Ontario - 2015

              April 8

              The CFIA confirms the subtype and strain of the virus is highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza.

              The CFIA continues its investigation to identify high risk premises in the area to minimize the risk of virus spread.

              The Agency notifies the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) that the H5N2 avian influenza virus has been confirmed in Southern Ontario.

              Hong Kong places temporary restrictions on poultry and poultry products from Oxford County, Ontario.

              Uruguay places temporary restrictions on hatching eggs from Canada.

              The CFIA posts web updates on the investigation. The CFIA holds a technical briefing for the media to provide information on the situation.

              ...
              http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/.../1428460637873
              "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
              -Nelson Mandela

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              • #8
                at 14:45 on April 12, 2015, EDT.

                29 Ontario farms now under bird flu quarantine, only one infected, CFIA says

                Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press

                TORONTO - Twenty-nine poultry farms in Ontario are now under quarantine after H5 avian influenza was confirmed on a turkey farm.

                The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said last week that the disease was confirmed on a farm in Woodstock, Ont., and placed it and eight other farms under a quarantine.

                The agency now says 20 additional farms are under quarantine.

                The CFIA says all the farms are in an avian influenza "control zone" which has been established to control the movement of animal products and equipment in order to minimize the spread of disease.

                The zone consists of a 10 kilometre radius around the farm in Oxford County where avian influenza is confirmed.
                ...

                http://www.cfra.com/NationalCP/Article.aspx?id=461199
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