Canadian goose tests negative for bird flu
The young goose that died on a poultry farm in Prince Edward Island
last week tested negative for avian flu the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has
said. Another test need to confirm the result, an agency official
Last week, the Atlantic Veterinary College reported that initial tests had
found traces of a strain of the H5 virus in the gosling, one of four found dead
on a farm in O'Leary, about 130 kilometres west of
However, the CFIA lab in Winnipeg said Tuesday that
further testing at a lab in Winnipeg does not support the initial
Dr. Jim Clark, national manager of CFIA's avian influenza
working group, said the reason for the different result could be due to
insufficient or very low quantities of virus present in the
The farm where the bird was found will remain under
quarantine until the final test is complete.
Although different types of avian flu have been discovered in some birds in
Canada, none have contained the deadly H5N1 strain.
A second farm in Canada's Prince Edward Island has been placed under
quarantine. Clark said they had not discovered any signs of bird flu on the farm
under quarantine, but CFIA decided to quarantine it as a precautionary measure
because they found there had been movement of people and perhaps poultry between
it and the farm where the first suspected goose was discovered.
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