The Ministry of Agriculture will host the session at TRU

A free workshop will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at TRU Williams Lake for owners of small poultry flocks regarding the avian flu influenza. (Black Press Media file photo)

Small poultry flock owners are invited to a workshop on recognizing, preventing the avian influenza virus on Tuesady, Sept. 27 in Williams Lake.

The session will take place at Thompson Rivers University led by B.C. government veterinary specialists.

Attendees will learn about the avian influenza virus, how they can protect their flocs and how to prepare for potential impacts if birds become sick.

The session will go from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees will be given a free biosecurity kit containing tools and information.

While there is no cost involved, seating is limited and registration is mandatory.

Registration is available online.

The risk of avian influenza to commercial poultry farms and small flocks increases each spring and fall, with the migration of waterfowl and other birds to and through British Columbia. The Williams Lake public information session is one of a series of sessions planned for communities throughout B.C. this fall.

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Differences between avian flu and pandemic flu Avian flu and pandemic flu are not the same thing. Avian influenza, or "bird flu", is a virus that affects birds. Pandemic flu is human flu that would affect millions of people all around the world. Very rarely, an avian flu virus will infect a person.

The Asian flu was caused by an avian H2N2 influenza A strain, and the Hong Kong flu was caused by an H3N2 strain that was a reassortment of human and avian viruses as well. The H1N1 pandemic which began in 2009–10 was a reassortment virus containing human, avian, and porcine viral elements.

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