Turkey Firm In Canada Reports Infection, Quarantine In Progress

November 25th, 2010 - 7:46 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
3878951Nov 25, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A case of bird flu has been reported in Canada just ahead of the thanksgiving day. The Canadian government has admitted the discovery of avian flu in a turkey firm in Manitoba. However, there are conflicting reports on the origin of the strain and the health officials are not sure if it is the same strain that wrecked havoc in Asia. Western province chief veterinary officer Dr. Wayne Lees said in his statement that “It’s highly unlikely it will be considered the Asian strain” aka H5N1. So far no human illness has been reported and the health officials have said that there is no need to panic for the residents. The chief public health officer of Manitoba Dr. Joel Kettner also said that situation is under control.

The farm where the avian flu has been reported has been placed under quarantine by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. A spokesperson said that the flu outbreak does not necessarily indicate a huge food safety risk. The majority of the poultry segment in Canada functions under a system of controlled supply and cost. However, it is true that some turkeys from Manitoba are also exported. The flu was detected when a farmer informed a veterinarian about a decrease in the production of eggs in the turkey farm.

The likelihood of the infected turkey meat reaching the food supply is low as the farm is involved in egg production. The turkeys from the farm are not used as food. The flu infection was found on Tuesday after which quarantine was put into effect at the farm.

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