Friday, September 28, 2007

Bird flu in Canada is NOT H5N1

A large Saskatchewan poultry farm is under avian flu quarantine, but Canadian health and animal control officials report that the avian flu subtype, infecting these birds is H7N3, a strain not typically harmful to humans. There is no evidence of H5N1, the strain health authorities fear may mutate into a pandemic form, in Canada at this time.

Though H7N3 is not harmful to humans, it is quite deadly in poultry. All 50,00 birds at the farm will be culled to prevent further spread to poultry in the region.

Full story available from the Star Pheonix, via the H5N1 blog:

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