Eastern Townships struck by more avian flu cases

By Michael Boriero
Eastern Townships struck by more avian flu cases

There were more avian flu outbreaks identified in the Eastern Townships last week, as two breeding sites in Saint-Alphonse-de-Granby were forced into quarantine.
Marie-Helene Jutras, director of communications and marketing for Les Éleveurs de volaille du Québec, told The Record in an email that the situation is under control. Poultry farmers nearby the infected facilities have been instructed to go into lockdown. Thousands of birds have perished.
“The first site depopulated 11,500 turkeys. The second site depopulated 46,000 chickens and 30,000 laying hens. All the operations were realized at the end of last week,” Jutras explained to The Record, however, she didn’t mention the names of the infected poultry farms.
According to Jutras, there are 200 barns located within a 10-kilometre radius of the infected breeding sites. There are roughly 40 chicken and turkey breeders, as well as 10 pullets, hatching eggs, and consumption eggs breeders. She said farmers will need to be extra vigilant.
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