Bird Flu Update: Hunter taking waterfowl are allowed

MEMPHIS, Tenn., October 4, 2007 - The Canadian Food Inspection Service Agency confirmed a North American strain of an H7N3 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus on September 27. The positive results came from samples collected at a commercial broiler breeder farm in Saskatchewan.

This is not the highly pathogenic Asian H5N1 virus that has spread through commercial poultry in Asia, Europe and Africa. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) placed a temporary ban on the importation of poultry and commercial shipments of live birds, hatching eggs, and unprocessed (not fully cooked) avian products from Saskatchewan. This action follows agreed upon protocols between the U.S. and Canada.

APHIS will allow the entry of hunter harvested birds and wild bird commodities from the Saskatchewan into the U.S. This decision is consistent with World Organization for Animal Health guidelines. As customary, hunters bringing their game back into the U.S. must show a license to hunt in Canada.

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