Canada Wild Bird Survey Finds No Avian Flu

Testing on over 12,000 wild birds in Canada turned up no sign of highly pathogenic avian influenza.

The results of Canada's second annual Wild Bird Survey for Avian Influenza have zero out of over 12,000 birds positive for highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza.

The survey turned up various avian flu subtypes, including H5 subtypes, but only low pathogenic strains. Low pathogenic avian influenza is not uncommon in wild birds.

Samples were taken from birds across Canada - live and dead, migratory and resident - and Iceland, a mingling point for North American and European birds.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been found in several parts of Europe, most recently in Britain.

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