(Tom Polansek – Reuters)
The United States has suspended imports of live and raw poultry from the Canadian province of British Columbia due to an outbreak of bird flu virus, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief veterinary officer told Reuters on Monday.
The restrictions began on Dec. 4, the same day that Canada identified the virus as a “highly pathogenic” H5N2 strain, said John Clifford, the USDA’s chief veterinarian. “It’s a temporary ban,” Clifford said in a telephone interview, adding that the ban will likely last several months. Read more here.