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Avian influenza, also known as bird flu, is on the rise in Manitoba.
According to the Government of Canada website, this contagious viral disease of domestic and wild bird species was reported at three commercial poultry operations in Manitoba in September. These cases were detected in RM in Cartier and RM in Bifrost-Riverton.
FortWhyte Alive tells CTV News Winnipeg that the outbreak of bird flu is linked to the migration season as birds head south and congregate in larger groups.
“Bird flu has been a concern for Manitoba and the world, especially last spring, it was in the news when it came with migratory birds from the south,” Katrina Frusi, Education Program Coordinator at FortWhyte Alive, explained in an interview. Tuesday.
“People who work in agriculture, or on chicken farms, or people who have small flocks are especially worried. And then also the people who feed the birds in the backyard were on the alert.”
Froese added that the issue among wild birds is that bird flu can lead to death and disease.
The main concern, she said, is also for farmers who deal with a large number of birds inside barns, “as if the virus gets there it will spread quickly among their flock.”
For those with backyard chickens, Froese recommends minimizing contact with wild birds and chickens.
Anyone who has bird feeders in their home should clean them and remove any food spilled on the floor.
“What is recommended is at least every week, remove your feeder, and get rid of any food there. Wash the feeder and let it soak for half an hour in a 10 percent bleach solution.”
The Manitoba government website says that in rare cases, bird flu can cause illness in humans, and that human-to-human transmission is “extremely rare.”
Froese said that as long as eggs and meat are cooked properly, there is little to no concern for humans.
She added that people should not hand-feed any geese, ducks or birds they might come across.
Anyone who sees anything of concern regarding bird flu can call 1-800-782-0076. Symptoms in birds include coughing, wheezing, weakness, a swollen throat, and diarrhea, as well as sudden death.