What is the source of the Bird-Flu outbreak in Canada?

It is still not clear as to how and from where the current H7N3 virus has arrived in the “Chicken Farming” communities in the Regina region of Canada.

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There are those who point the finger at the migrating birds, bringing with them the killer virus.

Most experts seem to be of the opinion however, that the horrendous conditions that prevail in the factory farming of chickens and other poultry, would sooner or later result in the mutation of a number of different viruses.

They point to the recent British Bird Flu outbreak, in the Barnard Matthews Turkey Factory Farm, said to have been caused by the very conditions that exist in such factory farms.

Forced unnatural growth rates for the poultry, as well as cramped and filthy living conditions on the factory farm, can become super incubators for the viruses, resulting in rapid mutations in the virus DNA structure.  

Today’s meat chickens have been genetically altered to grow twice as fast, and twice as large as their ancestors.

Pushed beyond their biological limits, hundreds of millions of chickens die every year before reaching slaughter weight at 6 weeks of age.

The above problem is even bigger and worse in the US Factory Poultry Farming and is considered by many, as a biological time bomb waiting to go off!

In the mean time, the virus seems to be spreading to other nearby farms in the effected area.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has put another Saskatchewan chicken farm under quarantine, “as a precautionary measure.”

The small farm affected by the decision on Friday, is less than three kilometres away from Pedigree Poultry, a much larger operation just north of Regina, where officials confirmed on Thursday they had found a strain of avian influenza.

The CFIA said the quarantine measures are standard given the close proximity of the two farms. It said the 20 chickens tested on what the agency calls a “small backyard operation” have shown no signs of disease.

According to a report by CBC, more than 50,000 chickens at the Pedigree Poultry operation near Regina Beach were to be killed and all equipment thoroughly sanitized.






Video News- Canadian Bird-Flu outbreak

Video News- Canadian avian flu outbreak via CANOE.CA




September 27, 2007

“Today, the Canadian Food Inspection Service Agency (CFIA) confirmed that test results from samples collected at a commercial broiler breeder farm in the Saskatchewan Province were positive for a North American strain of an H7N3 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus.  The virus detected in Canada is not the HPAI H5N1 virus that has spread through birds in Asia, Europe and Africa.

“In accordance with an agreement between the United States and Canada, USDA is barring imports of all live birds, including chickens, turkeys and others, along with unprocessed avian products from the entire province of Saskatchewan.  The United States has not imported poultry products from Saskatchewan since 2005.

“CFIA is beginning depopulation of the infected flock and initiating thorough surveillance in the surrounding area.  Canadian officials have assured us they will continue to provide us with detailed information on the epidemiological investigation and surveillance reports.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely.  USDA is conducting surveillance for all strains of avian influenza, in cooperation with states, the Department of the Interior (DOI) and industry.   Since March 2006, USDA, DOI and their state partners have collected approximately 175,000 live bird and environmental samples, all of which tested negative for HPAI.  In addition, we continue to work closely with our international counterparts to rapidly detect and respond to detections of the virus.”

Bird-Flu returns to Bangladesh

Bird-Flu in Bangladesh, again.

As if Bangladesh did not have enough problems with floods, crop failure with poverty levels that can not even be imagined by the western minds, the dreaded Bird-Flu virus has decided to pay a return visit to the impoverished country.

United News of Bangladesh (UNB) reports that nearly 6,000 chickens were culled at Sahapur village in Sadar sub-district in Bangladesh’s northwestern Bogra district, 170 km of capital Dhaka Tuesday night, following the detection of avian influenza virus in a poultry farm.

According to UNB, that on Wednesday, Nakul Saha, owner of the poultry farm, took several dead chickens for laboratory test on suspicion that they might have died of bird flu. It said that the laboratory test confirmed that the chickens had died of avian influenza.

This is a second outbreak of the H5N1 virus in Bangladesh during 2007.

The avian influenza virus was first detected in a poultry farm in Savar, 25 km west of the Dhaka in March this year. Laboratory test results showed the existence of influenza virus of H5N1 variety. Tens of thousands of poultry birds were culled.






Four Million French could get Flu this winter

Here is a story (via KUNA) that could have Michael Fumento, the “anti alarmist journalist” fuming away at the above mega alarmist headline from France. 

The news item sounds alarming, but apparently it also happens to be a fact!

The French daily “Liberation” quoted health sources as saying, in its edition published on Tuesday, that this years the Flu outbreak could take on “pandemic” proportions due to climatic factors and the strain of virus expected to hit the country.

Apparently, due to the effect of the “El Nino” climate system will provide either neutral or cold conditions in France during the above period and the range of flu cases could be between 3.2 million and 4.7 million, with a median of four million.

Flu specialists in France told the newspaper that predictions indicate that the flu will be the same as the one that hit Australia in July and August and it could hit France between October 2007 and the beginning of 2008.

France will begin selling vaccines against the flu on September 28 and these are available free of charge for children and elderly people, while others must pay for inoculation.

Last year, some two million people contracted the flu in France.


Approximation of actual country borders.  Click  on image for a detailed pdf version.





Two Indonesian Children hospitalised as suspected Bird-Flu Patients.

The province of Riau in Indonesia seems to have once again become the scene of an outbreak of the Bird Flu virus.

According to ANTARA, the premier Indonesian news agency, two children aged under five years of age, were admitted to Arifin Achmad General Hospital  on Sunday night as suspected bird flu patients.

The two children, only identified by their initials as AZ and M, were being treated in the hospital`s isolated room, Doctor Azizman Saad, chief of the hospital`s bird flu control team, said on Monday.

One year old AZ had previously been treated at Awal Bross Hospital for three days.

However, since her body temperature did not decline she was later referred to Arifin Achmad Hospital, he said.

Meanwhile, the four year old was brought by his parents to the hospital shortly after his body temperature rose, the Doctor said.

The two were declared suspected bird flu patients and were treated in the hospital`s isolated room, Dr Saad said.

The body temperatures of the two suspected bird flu patients had steadily dropped, said the Doctor, adding that AZ`s body temperature dropped to 37 from 38 degrees Celsius and M`s body temperature fell to 36 from 39 degree Celsious.

Doctor Saad said that based on the preliminary results of a rapid test, AZ tested negative and M tested positive for bird flu.

   Siti Fadilah Supari, the Indonesian Health Minister





BirdFlu kills yet Another Indonesian

A 30-year-old Indonesian woman suspected of being infected with bird flu, died late Saturday in the Hasan Sadikin general hospital, in Bandung, on the island of West Java in Indonesia.

She would be the 86th Indonesian to have succumbed to the Bird-Flu virus, if the lab tests confirm that she had died as a result of the H5N1 virus.

The victim was showing symptoms of bird flu infection, such fever, coughing, breathing difficulties and low red blood count.

It is reported that she fell sick a few days after one of her pet birds died. 

Siti Fadilah Supari

Indonesian Health Minister