Above is a map of the Avian Flu Human World Summary. Image by CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/avianflu/avian-flu-human-world-summary.pdf
Wild Bird Influenza Survey is part of Canada’s avian influenza prevention and preparedness strategy.
To provide baseline information about the strains and distribution of influenza viruses in Canadian wild ducks and to respond to the emergence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) type H5N1 in Asia, Europe, and Africa, Canada’s Interagency Wild Bird Influenza Survey was initiated in July 2005.
E. Jane Parmley, Nathalie Bastien, […], and Frederick A. Leighton
Here are some Avian influenza facts from the Government of Manitoba:
- Wild birds, particularly ducks and geese, have carried influenza viruses for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years.
- Wild birds may carry avian influenza without any signs of disease. These birds can spread the disease to other birds, including domestic poultry.
- Although avian influenza in humans is rare, humans in Asia and Europe have become ill with avian influenza.
- There has been little, if any human-to-human transmission of the disease. Most people have become ill through direct, or close, contact with infected birds.
- Scientists are monitoring avian influenza to detect any changes that could potentially cause a pandemic. It is not known if the next pandemic would come from this avian influenza or another source.
- Fully cooking domestic and wild poultry products, such as chicken, turkey, ducks, geese and eggs, will kill harmful viruses, including the avian influenza virus.
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News coverage from Asia and Europe has reported extensively on the H5N1 influenza virus that has infected both wild and domestic birds. In some cases, it has also spread from infected birds to people causing severe illness or death. For domestic poultry, this form of H5N1 is considered a highly pathogenic virus, meaning it is very contagious and deadly for birds. It is extremely rare for people to get avian influenza. Although some people with very close contact with birds have contracted the virus, the disease has not spread easily from person to person, if at all.
Canadians can help to guard Canada’s farmed birds and flocks against the introduction of disease by reporting sightings of dead wild birds to the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) at 1-866-544-4744.
- While the risk of infection with avian influenza is extremely low, members of the public should avoid handling dead birds.
Wild bird survey is underway
Canada is tracking influenza viruses circulating in its wild bird population
November 5, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Food Inspection Agency
The Government of Canada is asking Canadians for help to guard Canada’s farmed birds and flocks against the introduction of disease.
Every year live and dead wild birds are tested as part of the Wild Bird Influenza Survey. The survey, in its tenth year, is an important part of Canada’s avian influenza prevention and preparedness strategy. Read more of Wild Bird Influenza Survey: Calling Canadians to Help Protect Farmed Birds and Flocks