June 16, 2006

Canada finds bird flu, unclear what virus strain

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada has detected a case of H5 avian
flu in the eastern province of Prince Edward Island and plans
further testing over the weekend to determine the strain and
virulency, a provincial health officer announced on Friday.

A gosling in a small backyard poultry flock in the western
end of the province contracted the disease, but there is a low
risk of human illness from the case, the chief health officer
for Prince Edward Island said in a news release.

The virulent H5N1 strain of avian flu virus has not yet
been found in North or South America.