Avian Flu Scan for Dec 03, 2014

H5N1 death in Egypt
H5 outbreaks in British Columbia

Egypt reports H5N1 death

Egypt has announced another death from H5N1 avian flu, the fourth this week, Reuters reported today.

A 26-year-old man from Minya governorate in the north central part of the country who worked with birds has died, Egypt's health ministry reported. He came to a hospital after developing a fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.

The man's case brings Egypt's H5N1 total this year to 13 cases, including 7 deaths. Earlier this week the health ministry reported four new cases, including three fatal ones. All recent cases have been in either Minya or adjacent Asyut governorate.
Dec 3 Reuters report


British Columbia confirms two H5 outbreaks in poultry

Preliminary tests by British Columbia have confirmed H5 avian flu on two poultry farms in the province, according to a Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) statement yesterday.

The farms—a turkey farm in Abbotsford and a chicken broiler breeder farm in Chilliwack—are about 5 miles apart, CBC News reported yesterday. The agency placed the farms under quarantine to control disease spread and has advised the poultry industry to enhance biosecurity steps.

The CFIA said it expects test results tomorrow on the specific virus subtype and its pathogenicity. It did not specify the number of affected poultry.

"The Province of British Columbia, the CFIA, the owners of the infected birds, and the poultry industry are working closely together to manage the situation," the CFIA statement said. "The Canadian poultry sector currently practices a high level of biosecurity that reduces the risk of disease spread."

In 2009 an H5N2 avian flu outbreak affected 60,000 turkeys at a farm in Abbotsford.
Dec 2 CFIA statement
Dec 2 CBC News story
Feb 4, 2009, CIDRAP News story on previous outbreak

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