No ev­i­dence avian flu has spread from Ni­a­gara duck farm: CIFA

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - GRIMSBY LIN­COLN NEWS

NI­A­GARA — An up­date pro­vided by the Canadian Food In­spec­tion Agency into the pres­ence of avian flu at a com­mer­cial duck farm says there is no ev­i­dence to date that the in­fec­tion has spread.

To pre­vent the spread of the in­fec­tion, 14,000 ducks on the farm were eu­th­a­nized.

The agency said the strain, which was con­firmed on the farm on July 7, is a low path­o­genic sub­type, which refers to the sever­ity of the ill­ness caused in the birds.

The farm has been placed un­der quar­an­tine, and the CFIA has es­tab­lished a three-kilo­me­tre con­trol zone around the farm.

The agency would not con­firm the lo­ca­tion of the farm, cit­ing pri­vacy con­cerns, but The St. Catharines Stan­dard says the farm is on King Street in Beamsville and is owned by Pete Drost.

Harpreet Kochhar, chief vet­eri­nary of­fi­cer with the CFIA, re­leased a state­ment Fri­day say­ing that all sur­veil­lance to date has shown the in­fec­tion has been con­tained to the farm.

“We’re not see­ing any ev­i­dence that the out­break has spread,” he said.

The state­ment goes on to say of­fi­cials will con­tinue their sur­veil­lance for fur­ther ev­i­dence of avian in­fluenza and that the con­trol zone will re­main in place un­til fur­ther no­tice.

The CFIA notes avian in­fluenza does not pose a risk to food safety as long as poul­try and poul­try prod­ucts are prop­erly han­dled and cooked. The dis­ease rarely af­fects hu­mans, the agency said. Kochhar says the farm seems to have fol­lowed safety pro­to­cols and that the ducks do not ap­pear to have had any ex­po­sure to the out­doors.

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