April 28, 2004,
as reported by just-food.com: A group of U.S.
veterinarians have been put on alert as the Canadian
outbreaks of the bird flu near dangerously close in
on the Washington State border.
“The last confirmed case was a quarter mile from
the US-Canadian border,” Kate Sandboe, a spokeswoman
for the Washington state Department of Agriculture,
was quoted by the Canadian Press as saying.
A spokesman for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
was unable to confirm immediately whether the virus
had been detected so close to the border.
The agency recently said bird flu had been detected
so far on 37 commercial poultry farms in British Columbia
since the outbreak began in February.
Officials have ordered the slaughter of around 19 million
chickens, turkeys and other birds in Fraser Valley,
which is at the centre of the outbreak, in a bid to
stop the spread of the disease.