Infectious Diseases 2004

Infectious Diseases 2004

Canada: Massive cull ordered for British Columbia poultry

25 March, 2004

As many as 275,000 chickens and turkeys will be slaughtered in an effort to contain an outbreak of avian influenza at a number of British Columbia poultry farms. Poultry producers outside a five-kilometre zone affected by bird flu asked Ottawa on Wednesday to cull all the birds within the zone, hoping to protect their flocks and industry by killing off every bird at 21 farms in the Fraser Valley.
All owners of birds depopulated will be compensated. 10 farms and 33 smaller flocks will be involved in the cull.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has already ordered the slaughter of about 90,000 birds, but the strain of bird flu has continued to hit farm after farm, causing panic in the industry.