Avian flu found in non-poultry flock in Cariboo area

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says the presence of avian flu has been detected in a small non-poultry flock in the Cariboo Regional District.

However, the CFIA doesn’t say how many birds have been infected.

The highly infectious H5N1 virus has been spreading since the spring and infections have been found across the province, country, and world.

Since April 13., the CFIA says 20 different detections of avian flu have been discovered in B.C.

Those discoveries were recorded in several commercial and backyard flocks.

Migrating wild birds have been named as the main factor for spread.

As of Feb 11., the CFIA said it “restricted the import of bird by-products from certain regions with active outbreaks.”

If you suspect your birds have H5N1, contact a veterinarian immediately to figure out what steps need to be taken to prevent spread.

Anyone who comes across a sick or dead bird is urged to contact the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative.

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