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Suspected case of avian flu found in Manitoba birds – Winnipeg | Nation World News

Manitoba province is investigating after a suspected case of avian influenza was found in wild birds.

Samples of several birds are being tested near Waskada and in the Dauphin area.

Outbreaks of the highly pathogenic strain H5N1 have been detected in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta since late 2021.

Since then, about 260,000 birds in Canada have been euthanized or killed by the virus. About 166,000 of them were in Alberta and 84,000 were in Ontario.

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Cases have also been confirmed in North Dakota and Minnesota jurisdictions along the route of spring migratory birds returning to Manitoba.

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The province says they will get confirmation of suspected cases next week.

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The risk of avian influenza to human health is low with no known cases of transmission from birds to humans in North America. It does not pose a food safety risk.

Manitobans are told to contact the tip line at 1-800-782-0076 if they see groups of six or more dead waterfowl, any number of dead raptors or avian scavengers (crows, crows and gulls). , and see any large group of dead. Bird

-With files from Canadian Press

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