BC avian flu cases rise rapidly in unprecedented, deadly outbreak

Times Colonist

Dread slips over Juschka Clarke at the sound of wild geese in the distance. “I bet you don’t even hear that,” the Chilliwack chicken farmer said to a neighbour. “But I do. I’m always listening for the wild birds.” Wild birds are largely responsible for the spread of avian influenza in BC, with new cases being detected on commercial poultry farms each day, including four on Friday and 10 more in the seven days before that. The scale of the outbreak is unprecedented, said BC’s chief veterinarian Theresa Burns, whether you count from December 2021 when the first case of H5N1 appeared in Canada, or look only at BC this year. Read more…

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