Bird flu continues to beat up western Canada

April 26, 2004, as reported by Six more commercial poultry farms have fallen ill with bird flu in western Canada over the last week. The ever-expanding total has now reach 37 farms in Fraser Valley, British Columbia.

The disease has continued to spread despite a massive culling.

Earlier this month, Canadian officials decided to order the slaughter of all 19 million chickens and turkeys in the region to prevent the spread of the disease. Most of the birds will be slaughtered and sent to market, while those that are found to be infected with the disease, or have come into contact with infected birds, will be disposed of. All birds within a 1km radius of an infected farm will have to be destroyed, reported the Canadian Press.