Saturday, November 26, 2005

The Globe and Mail: Flu halted on B.C. duck farms, officials say

One week after a duck at a Chilliwack farm tested positive for avian flu, health officials say they are cautiously optimistic that the virus has stopped spreading.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency veterinarian Con Kiley said yesterday that 4,500 birds from nearly 90 per cent of all farms in the surrounding area have been tested since last week.

?One week after the initial detection, we are cautiously optimistic,? he said. ?It remains contained and not extended to the more susceptible chicken and turkey populations.?

After the duck was found to be infected on Nov. 18, the CFIA ordered the immediate quarantine of the Chilliwack farm and started monitoring other properties within a five-kilometre zone.

The Globe and Mail: Flu halted on B.C. duck farms, officials say

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