Saturday, November 26, 2005

News - Flu strain found in Canadian wild ducks

The virus does not appear to be the deadly H5N1 strain that has killed millions of birds and more than 60 people in Southeast Asia. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported 710 birds were tested, with the H5 strain found in 35 of them and the H7 strain in one.

Jim Goltz of New Brunswick's veterinary lab told the CBC there is little to no risk to humans. He said there have been no known cases of influenza transmitted from wild ducks to hunters and no one else is likely to get close to the birds.

A strain of avian influenza was recently found in domestic birds in British Columbia.

Flu strain found in Canadian wild ducks

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