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Bird Flu Fraser Valley Outbreak: 35,000 Birds To Be Euthanized

12/05/2014 09:31 EST | Updated 02/04/2015 05:59 EST
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HONG KONG - DECEMBER 04: Live chickens sit in a cage at the Kowloon City Market on December 4, 2013 in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong government has announced that 17 people who had close contact with the first person in Hong Kong to come down with H7N9 bird flu have all tested negative for the virus. Hong Kong has confirmed its first ever case of a strain of bird flu that killed 45 people in Eastern China.The situation has been described as 'serious' by health officials after a domestic worker was hospitalized in November. (Photo by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER - Canadian officials hope an avian flu outbreak has been contained to four quarantined poultry farms in British Columbia.

The turkeys and chickens that haven't died from the disease will be euthanized — a total of about 35,000 birds.

Canada's chief veterinary officer, Harpreet Kochhar, says agencies are looking for any sign the virus has moved beyond the four farms in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver.

Test results Thursday identified the flu strain as H5N2. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it's the same variety as three previous outbreaks in Canada.

This outbreak began earlier this week at a turkey farm in Abbotsford and a chicken farm in Chilliwack. Two additional farms were quarantined because they received birds from the Chilliwack farm.

There are no reports of the disease being transmitted to humans.