Turkeys at Manitoba Farm Test Positive for Bird Flu

A turkey looks around its enclosure at Seven Acres Farm in North Reading, Massachusetts, November 24, 2010, one day before the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS)

Some turkeys at a poultry farm in the RM of Rockwood have tested positive for an H5 strain of bird flu.

Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) is working with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) at the rural Manitoba turkey-breeding operation and have put the farm under quarantine.

The investigation is in its early stages, but so far there is no indication of any human illness.

The province says it’s extremely unlikely the particular strain of flu is the Asian strain of H5N1 influenza.

Veterinarians and other specialized staff are working closely with the CFIA, and workers at the farm are being offered preventive antivirals.

Further testing is ongoing, but the risk to humans is considered very low.

In a statement, the province said consumption of turkey products remains safe if the meat is properly cooked.