7 countries impose restrictions on British Columbia poultry due to avian influenza

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Seven countries have imposed trade restrictions on Canadian poultry as a fifth farm in British Columbia was put under quarantine for avian influenza.

Officials said Saturday that more than 140,000 turkeys and chickens from the affected farms will be euthanized.

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the fifth farm near Abbotsford was quarantined after higher than normal turkey deaths were reported by a farmer Friday.

B.C. chief veterinary officer Dr. Jane Pritchard says 60,000 turkeys are in the fifth farm. Avian influenza was first detected a week ago on a broiler-breeder chicken farm in Chilliwack.

Officials say no people have fallen ill.

The B.C. outbreak has led at least seven countries — the United States, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, South Africa and Mexico — to ban poultry products from B.C. or all of Canada.