B.C. avian flu virus has Asian origin new to North America

December 21, 2014 2:56 AM

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B.C. avian flu virus has Asian origin new to North America

The avian flu virus involved in an outbreak in British Columbia is related to a deadly strain that has spread through Asia and is now affecting North American poultry for the first time, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says.

Experts say the presence of an avian flu virus with Asian lineage does not increase the danger to humans — which remains very low — but it could pose a significant risk to the poultry industry.

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