Avian flu found in Prince Edward Island
Avian flu has been found in a gosling on a poultry farm in Prince Edward Island.
The chief health officer for the province confirmed the findings.
Dr. Lamont Sweet says further testing needs to be done to determine the exact strain of the virus.
"The goslings, four of them, became ill last weekend and died eventually by Monday morning," said Sweet. "One of them was sent for testing and found to be positive. What we are doing at this time is just setting up a monitoring of the people who were exposed closely to this gosling on the farm and being on the alert for any unusual illness."
Sweet believes this may be the first case of avian flu in Atlantic Canada.
"From the information we have received, there is a low risk of human illness at the present time," said Sweet in an earlier news release. "We are monitoring evidence of flu-like symptoms or eye infections in those who have come in contact with domestic or wild birds in the O'Leary area."
O'Leary is about 130 kilometres west of Charlottetown.
No evidence of dangerous strain
Officials say the virus comes from the H5 strain. But there's no evidence it's the virulent H5N1 version that stirs fears of a pandemic among humans.
Further testing will take place over the weekend at the Atlantic Veterinary College to determine the exact strain and virulency of the virus. The results of those tests are expected next week.
Although different types of avian flu have been discovered in some birds in Canada, none have contained H5N1.
That strain has claimed more than 100 lives around the world, according to the World Health Organization. Most of the deaths were among people who were in close contact with infected poultry.