We’ve been awaiting the results from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) which is investigating a farm in Southern Ontario, near Woodstock, which tested positive for an HPAI H5 virus on April 6th. This afternoon the verdict was announced, and not unexpectedly it is HPAI H5N2.
This is the same strain that appeared in British Columbia in December and has hop scotched across a dozen American states over the past several months, infecting both wild and migratory birds and poultry.
Although only one farm has tested positive for the virus, 9 farms are under quarantine and are being tested. Of 34,000 turkeys at the infected farm, 7,500 have already died and the remainder will be destroyed. Helen Branswell has a few more details in the following Canadian Press report.
By Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | The Canadian Press
TORONTO - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the virus responsible for a bird flu outbreak in southwestern Ontario is a highly pathogenic H5N2 virus.
The virus is the same one that caused a large outbreak in British Columbia that started last December and which has been found in a number of U.S. states more recently.