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Bird flu spreads to backyard coop

By Jane Deacon

(File photo)

(File photo)

The Fraser Valley avian flu outbreak has hit its first non-commercial site, infecting a small 85-bird operation.

 

The new case is a small Aldergrove coop raising ducks, chickens, geese and turkeys, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed.

It’s also the first infected site in Aldergrove since the virus struck two farms in Chilliwack and Abbotsford in early December.

The virus has since spread to 12 sites, infecting nearly 250,000 birds.

Health officials say infection risk to humans is extremely low if poultry products are prepared properly. 

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