The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed bird flu at 11 Ontario sites, including 3 backyard flocks. Avian influenza spreads across Ontario and officials are suggesting that people with backyard chickens to look out for signs of flu. Officials have also warned people to not feed wild birds by hand and to ensure bird feeders are kept clean.
A professor at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph Shayan Sharif said bird flu is a growing problem in Ontario and across Canada. Sharif explained “there seems to be more and more spread of the virus, … And I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw more spread here in Ontario and perhaps in our neighbouring provinces, including in Quebec and Manitoba.”
The CFIA said there have been 11 instances of avian flu confirmed in Ontario poultry farms between March 27 and April 10. A red-tailed hawk was discovered to have the flu in the Waterloo area in mid-March.
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