B.C. poultry infected with avian flu virus never before seen in North America

Scientists say an avian flu virus that has resulted in the destruction of nearly 250,000 birds in British Columbia is affecting poultry in North America for the first time.

VANCOUVER — Scientists say an avian flu virus that has resulted in the destruction of nearly 250,000 birds in British Columbia is affecting poultry in North America for the first time.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed that an outbreak at B.C. poultry farms is highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N2.

The strain has now been detected at 11 locations in southwestern B.C. and has been found in wild birds in Washington state.

Scientists say wild birds in Canada are now being tested to determine risk, adding the strain has not yet been detected in the country outside of farms.

Poultry farmers are being encouraged to use strict biosecurity measures and to immediately report suspicious symptoms.

The farmers are also being monitored as a precautionary measure, although there are no reports of the virus affecting humans.

Just Posted

Alberta education minister critical of Calgary school board over staff cuts

CALGARY — Alberta’s education minister is ordering a financial audit and governance… Continue reading

Alberta Review Board chairwoman resigns; says she received no government support

EDMONTON — The chairwoman of the Alberta Review Board says she has… Continue reading

Alberta overhauls workplace rules for farms, small operations to be exempt

EDMONTON — Most Alberta farm operations would no longer have to follow… Continue reading

Alberta NDP seek ruling to ban UCP from voting on bill to fire election watchdog

EDMONTON — Alberta’s Opposition NDP is asking the ethics commissioner to ban… Continue reading

John Mann, singer and songwriter of group Spirit of the West dead at 57

VANCOUVER — John Mann, lead singer and songwriter for Vancouver’s beloved Celtic-inflected… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Nov. 19 The Mountview Sunnybrook Community Association will hold its AGM at… Continue reading

Alberta education minister critical of Calgary school board over staff cuts

CALGARY — Alberta’s education minister is ordering a financial audit and governance… Continue reading

Alberta Review Board chairwoman resigns; says she received no government support

EDMONTON — The chairwoman of the Alberta Review Board says she has… Continue reading

Alberta overhauls workplace rules for farms, small operations to be exempt

EDMONTON — Most Alberta farm operations would no longer have to follow… Continue reading

Alberta NDP seek ruling to ban UCP from voting on bill to fire election watchdog

EDMONTON — Alberta’s Opposition NDP is asking the ethics commissioner to ban… Continue reading

John Mann, singer and songwriter of group Spirit of the West dead at 57

VANCOUVER — John Mann, lead singer and songwriter for Vancouver’s beloved Celtic-inflected… Continue reading

Old friends Orlondo Steinauer, Mike O’Shea to square off in Grey Cup

CALGARY — Jim Barker will have a unique opportunity Sunday. Barker will… Continue reading

Most Read