Thousands of birds have died and Canada fears an outbreak of bird flu

The Canadian government has issued a warning of an outbreak of bird flu in the country after recording thousands of dead seabird carcasses off the country’s east coast over the past week.

The virus is highly contagious and can infect domestic birds and other wild birds. Species found in this incident include herring gulls, Icelandic gulls, common ravens and ravens.

A total of 13 cases of the disease have been confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency since May this year. The Government of Canada’s Department of Environment and Climate Change is investigating to confirm whether all animal deaths were due to the disease.

Health authorities fear the disease is spreading across the country. The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals revealed that there are cases of great owls, eagles, blue herons, ducks and geese and even crows among those infected with the virus.

Although rare, bird flu can infect humans. Transmission occurs through human contact with the infected bird, and contagion can also occur through consumption of infected meat.

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