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H5 Avian Influenza Impacts Oxford

Two farms in Oxford County are facing massive losses after another case of the H5 avian influenza was confirmed

Two farms in Oxford County are facing massive losses after another case of the H5 avian influenza was confirmed.
H5 was first discovered at a local turkey farm at the beginning of April and several farms in the region were put under quarantine.
On Sunday it was confirmed a second farm in Oxford had the H5 virus, this time at a broiler breeder chicken farm.
Turkey Farmer in Wilmot Township Mark Reusser tells Heart FM the two individual farmers who have been impacted by the virus could be hit hard financially.


Roughly 27,000 birds will euthanized to contain the disease meaning losses for the two operations.
Also they will not be able to operate again until the CFIA deems the farms to be completely free of the H5 Influenza.
The Canadian Food and Inspection Agency will oversee the cleaning and disinfection of the barns, vehicles, equipment and tools to eliminate any infectious material that may remain.
The CFIA remind residents that the disease does not usually pose health risks to any person who does not have consistent contact with the infected birds.

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