Thu, 2015/04/16 - 9:37am
The discovery of avian influenza virus (H5N2) on a turkey farm in southwestern Ontario has put the poultry industry on alert. To date, 29 farms have been placed under quarantine.
Dr. Shayan Sharif, a professor at the Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College and leader of the Poultry Health Research Network, discussed the recent avian flu outbreak, including control measures enacted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, in a number of media interviews. Sharif’s group studies the avian influenza virus and vaccines against this virus.
Researchers at the University of Guelph are developing vaccines as well as other measures for control of the spread of avian influenza virus in poultry populations and its possible transmission to humans.
CBC News: Avian flu puts 8 Ontario farms under quarantine (April 7, 2015)
CTV News 8 Ont. farms quarantined over Avian influenza (April 7, 2015)
Toronto Sun Ontario's avian flu quarantine expanded (April 12, 2015)
The Ontario Animal Health Network (OAHN) at the University of Guelph has also created a Avian influenza information checklist for non-poultry veterinarians. In the event the avian influenza virus spreads to small flocks or pet birds, ANY veterinarian may be called upon to give advice and help their clients, or they may receive calls from area residents with small flocks.