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Migration season sparks avian flu concerns in Quebec

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  • Migration season sparks avian flu concerns in Quebec

    La Presse Canadienne

    Published: Sunday, March 19, 2006
    QUEBEC -- As migration season approaches, the Quebec government has released a series of guidelines for hunters, farmers and others who may come into contact with wild birds.

    The plan is intended to be part of a larger effort to monitor the avian flu virus, which has not yet reached Canada.

    To prevent the transmission of diseases, hunters are encouraged to wear gloves whenever handling birds, and to clean and sterilize all surfaces and instruments used.

    Game meat should be stored cold and cooked well to eliminate any virii.

    While it is not abnormal, in spring, to find dead birds, the government is requesting that 'suspect cases' such as multiple, localized deaths or sick-looking birds be reported to the Ministry of Natural Resources, or the veterinary faculty of the Université de Montréal.

    Recently, several dead geese were found near Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, and were tested for the avian flu virus at the MAPAQ laboratory in Sainte-Hyacinthe.

    The results showed that the birds did not die of avian flu.