Email Warned 2 Years Ago of BC Olympic Bird Flu Danger
B.C. poultry farmers are apparently not being as concertedly vigilant as possible with laborious and costly bio-security measures necessary to contain further outbreaks and spread of the human-acquirable, deadly, H5N1 bird flu virus.
With the B.C. hosted Olympics on their way, any outbreak in poultry could spread this huge health problem cross-Canada and worldwide via any 2010 Olympic Game guests infected, a disastrous consequence and reminder of how crucial bio-security is in Western Canada!
An official with B.C.'s Agriculture Ministry warned the poultry industry two years ago that if farmers didn't take biosecurity measures more seriously the province could face a bird-flu outbreak within months of the 2010 Olympics, something he said would be a "political disaster."
This warning was contained in an email circulated to poultry farmers and industry officials by the B.C. government poultry industry official.