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Avian flu detected at Chilliwack poultry farm

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said the case was detected Sept. 12 at an undisclosed location
Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been detected at a commercial Chilliwack poultry operation. (Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is confirming the presence of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Chilliwack.

It was detected Sept. 12 on a commercial poultry farm, though the exact location has not been released.

As of Sept. 7, there were 13 premises in B.C. with cases detected, impacting 160,000 birds. Chilliwack will be added to that case count when data is updated Wednesday.

While the CFIA takes outbreaks seriously, their website reiterates that there is no evidence that HPAI can be transmitted to humans who eat cooked poultry or eggs.


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Eric Welsh

About the Author: Eric Welsh

I joined the Chilliwack Progress in 2007, originally hired as a sports reporter.
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