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Trade Restrictions On Some Maritime Poultry Products

The discovery of a deadly strain of avian flu at a turkey farm in Nova Scotia this winter is sending shockwaves around the world.

Several countries including the US and most of the European Union are putting trade restrictions on some poultry products from Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, where cases were found earlier. It was back on February 3rd, the CFIA confirmed the presence of H5N1 in a commercial flock in western Nova Scotia. About 12 thousand turkeys on the farm died because of the virus. About half died after becoming infected with the flu while the rest were culled to prevent its spread.

The disease was also confirmed in a backyard flock in eastern Nova Scotia. It doesn't produce birds for sale and is considered a non-poultry detection.

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