VANCOUVER – A 10th Fraser Valley farm has now tested positive for avian flu. This will affect 53,000 birds at an egg farm in Langley, making it the largest farm to be quarantined due to the virus.
Officials will not say which farm has been affected, but more than 230,000 birds have been euthanized, or will be euthanized so far, as a result of these findings.
A timeline of the virus shows it was first detected by the CIFA at a turkey farm in Abbotsford (with 28,000 turkeys) and a broiler breeder farm in Chilliwack (13,000 birds) on Dec. 1. It then spread to the following:
- Dec. 4: two broiler breeder farms in Abbotsford (14,000 and 25,000 birds)
- Dec. 6: Abbotsford turkey farm (33,000 turkeys)
- Dec. 9: Abbotsford turkey farm (33,000 turkeys)
- Dec. 10: two broiler breeder farms in Abbotsford (19,000 and 8,800)
- Dec. 11: Abbotsford broiler breeder farm (7,000)
The outbreak of the highly-virulent strain of the flu has prompted several countries or regions, including Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, South Africa and Mexico, to ban poultry products from B.C. and Canada. The U.S. has imposed restrictions on all poultry products from B.C.