BC hen flu outbreak ‘on maintain,’ minister says, 10 farms now contaminated

Farmers in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley are dealing with “extreme illness stress” from an outbreak of hen flu on business farms that the agriculture minister says is alarming.

Lana Popham stated hen flu normally coincides with hen migration season, however the newest infections on farms with the H5N1 virus are constant all year long.

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The province stated on Monday that seven business farms in Abbotsford and Chilliwack had been quarantined with hen flu, whereas on Tuesday, the Canadian Meals Inspection Company stated three extra farms within the Fraser Valley examined optimistic for the flu.

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Popham stated the federal Canadian Meals Inspection Company takes the lead when farms report infections, however BC’s chief veterinarian has been proactive in serving to stop the unfold of the illness.

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He stated the testing lab works seven days every week with a capability for about 300 assessments a day.

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The minister stated inspection businesses had protocols for coping with contaminated farms and that usually meant “depopulation”, or the herd could be culled.

He stated the scenario was not as unhealthy as in 2004, when 17 million farmed birds had been destroyed.

“And we hope it by no means involves that,” Popham added.

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