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U.S. officials need details on a Canadian case of bird flu to decide whether to continue a ban on poultry from British Columbia.
Canadian officials said the case of flu, confirmed Sunday, wasn't the virulent form in Southeast Asia blamed for more than 60 human deaths. Still, the U.S. on Monday banned imports of poultry from mainland British Columbia to prevent the spread of the virus to U.S. flocks.
Canada would have preferred that the U.S. take no action since the virus found in the duck is different from the one in Asia.
"That would have been consistent with how we've treated low-path findings in the United States previously," he said. "But again, we're working in an extremely sensitive international environment at this point."
The U.S. bans imports of poultry from any country where the high-pathogenic virus from Asia has been found. Those countries include Cambodia, Romania, China, Russia, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Laos, Vietnam and Malaysia.