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Latest update : 2009-01-25

A strain of the potentially deadly H5N1 bird flu virus has been found at a poultry farm in British Columbia. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed the outbreak and said all the animals on the farm would be disposed of.

AFP - A strain of the bird flu virus has been detected on a poultry farm in the western Canadian province of British Columbia, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said Saturday.

The agency confirmed "the presence of H5 avian influenza (AI) virus in a commercial poultry operation," adding that further testing is underway to assess the precise strain of the virus.

"Tests to date indicate that the strain of AI in this case is low pathogenic," said the CFIA.

To limit the virus from spreading restrictions are applied on the movement of poultry and poultry products within three kilometers (1.8 miles) of the farm.

"All birds on the infected premises will be humanely euthanized and disposed of," said the agency.

According to the World Health Organization some 250 people have died from bird flu worldwide since 2003, mostly in Asian countries.

The H5N1 virus typically spreads from birds to humans through direct contact, but experts fear it could mutate into a form easily transmissible between humans, with the potential to kill millions in a pandemic.
  

Date created : 2009-01-25