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.
Published by Pranab Chatterjee
Skeptic Oslerphile. PhD Student in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Past: 1) Public Health Scientist and Program Manager, Translational Global Health Policy Research Cell, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. 2) Scientist, Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases; 3) Senior Research Associate, Public Health Foundation of India. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!
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