April 6, 2015 8:43 pm
Updated: April 7, 2015 5:46 pm

8 Ont. farms quarantined in scramble to contain bird flu found on turkey farm

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says H5 avian influenza has been confirmed on a turkey farm in southern Ontario.

(AP Photo/Janet Hostetter,File)

TORONTO – Authorities have placed eight poultry farms in southwestern Ontario under quarantine as they scramble to contain an outbreak of a bird flu virus found on a turkey farm near Woodstock.

The outbreak was discovered after birds on the turkey farm started to die late last week.

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So far 7,500 turkeys on the farm have died.

An official from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the remaining birds in the flock of 12,000 will be euthanized humanely.

CFIA vice-president Paul Mayers says preliminary testing shows the virus is of the H5 subtype, but additional tests are being done to determine the full subtype.

That testing should reveal whether this outbreak is caused by an H5N2 virus that has been hopscotching among poultry operations in a number of U.S. states of late.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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