The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has detected Avian Influenza (H5N1), also known as bird flu in Alberta.

According to the CFIA, on April 6th, there are confirmed reports of avian flu in poultry flocks in Mountain View County.

"Each infected premises has been placed under quarantine. CFIA has begun an investigation and will be establishing movement control measures on other farms within that area," reads a statement from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

There have also been cases confirmed in Ponoka county as well as several confirmed cases across Canada in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Avian Influenza viruses, such as the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus present in Asia, can, on rare occasions, cause disease in humans.

"Transmission to humans has occurred when people have had close contact with infected birds or heavily contaminated environments."

There is no treatment for birds that have the disease.

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