November 26, 2010 / 4:18 PM / 9 years ago

Canada says bird flu case of low severity

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - The most-recent case of bird flu in Canada is a low-severity strain of the virus, government officials said on Thursday.

The avian influenza virus found in southern Manitoba is the low pathogenic H5N2 strain, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said in a press release. Pathogenicity refers to the severity of the illness caused in birds.

Detection of the virus had prompted government officials to quarantine a commercial turkey breeding farm in the past week. The CFIA said it has also quarantined a hatchery and two other farms that had contact with the infected farm as a precautionary measure.

The turkeys at the farm will be destroyed within days.

Officials had said earlier that they expected the virus strain to be of low severity, and not the strain that has killed people in Asia.

SOURCE: Canadian Food Inspection Agency, November 25, 2010.

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