Infectious Diseases / Outbreak Watch

Bird Flu in Ontario

Twenty nine farms in Ontario, Canada have been placed under quarantine after H5 avian influenza was confirmed, on a turkey farm.

More details (though very non-specific and vague) maybe accessed at this news link: The Star.

Though the complete type is not mentioned in the article, it is likely to be H5N2, a highly pathogenic strain, which has been doing the rounds this year. The article mentions that a “control zone” has been established, which means that there is a possibility of containing the spread within this zone. Even in December 2014, large parts of British Columbia were placed under a control zone to stop the spread of avian influenza.

It shall be interesting to see how this outbreak pans out.

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