Canada Seeks to Quarantine First Case of Bird Flu

Tests are being conducted to determine if the virus is the H5N1 strain that has killed 150-200 million poultry and at least 129 people, mainly in Asia. The neighboring property was quarantined to prevent a spread of the virus, so far identified as an H5 subtype of avian influenza, Marc Richard, a spokesman for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency here, was quoted as saying yesterday.

"The neighbor also has chickens, and since it's a contagious disease, we've gone in, ordered them not to move, have taken samples from the chickens and sent those off to the lab to be analyzed,'' Richard said.

He added that there are no indications of the disease on the second far.


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