Infectious Diseases 2004

Infectious Diseases 2004

Canada to Cull 19 Million Birds in Avian Influenza

5 April, 2004

Canada said on Monday it would slaughter some 19 million chickens, turkeys and other poultry in British Columbia's Fraser Valley to halt the spread of avian influenza.
Agriculture Minister Bob Speller ordered the cull on the recommendation of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), "to stop the spread of this disease and to stamp it out."
He said he was working on a compensation package for farmers.
British Columbia's government estimates its poultry sector is worth over C$300 million ($230 million) at the farm gate.
The European Union last week eased a blanket ban on Canadian poultry imports imposed after the first cases of avian flu were discovered. British Columbia is a minor exporter to the world market, well behind Quebec and Ontario.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has already banned the shipment of chickens out of the region (Reuters).