NWT Health and Hunters Prepare for Avian Flu |  CBC News

NWT Health and Hunters Prepare for Avian Flu | CBC News

The territorial government issued a public service announcement earlier this week, warning people about a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu. Experts said the risks to humans are low.

“those words [highly pathogenic] “She always looks a little scary,” said Dr. Naima Gotha, Regional Wildlife Veterinarian and Chief Veterinary Officer. “But this actually indicates the possibility of its spread in domestic birds.”

It is normal for ducks, geese, gulls, and other wild birds to carry bird flu. This particular strain – H5N1 – spread rapidly in domesticated birds on commercial farms in the United States and in southern parts of Canada. The outbreak has led to the euthanasia of nearly two million chickens across the country. .

“What we’re seeing this year in the south, it’s providing a great early warning system for us here in the Northwest Territories,” Guetta said.

There are currently no confirmed cases of bird flu in the NWT, but Jutha said she expects that to change in the coming months, as more birds migrate north in the summer.

As the goose hunting season begins in the territory, Guetta said people should take extra precautions – such as wearing gloves and washing equipment after use – to make sure they stay safe.

View of a street in Ulukhaktok. Experienced fishermen from Olukhaktuk said they are concerned about reports of bird flu. (Mackenzie Scott/CBC)

NWT Hunters are worried

For Jack your sisters, spring hunting is an annual tradition. Your sisters are an experienced fisherman from Ulukhaktok, NWT

He’s excited for the upcoming hunting season.

“Geese, ducks, birds…we always look forward to any birds,” he said.

He said he started hearing about the virus in the news two weeks ago, in reports of outbreaks in southern provinces.

“It kind of woke me up,” he said. “I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ They will get here. Because they come here. ”

It is normal for ducks, geese, gulls, and other wild birds to carry bird flu. (Jonathan Collicott/CBC News)

Akhitak said he would warn people about bird flu and take extra precautions to avoid giving his family and friends a sick bird without his knowledge.

“When we fish, we share everything,” he said. “And for all those little hunters these days, they bring whatever they catch to their grandparents or great-grandfathers.

“So it would be very scary to give someone unhealthy food for you.”

David Kuptana, another seasoned hunter from Olukaktuk, said he is also concerned about the risks of handling birds that may have bird flu — especially for children who are just learning how to hunt.

Is it safe enough for young children to grab it [the birds] With their gloves or whatever? Because we don’t know what they’re carrying.”

Cuptana said he had seen pictures of sick birds spread on social media and Facebook.

“There are some geese [in pictures] Some have foamy mouths, some just have worms, or some kind of insect inside them. So that’s the important thing I’m concerned about now in the spring.”

Kuptana is willing to follow the protocols recommended by the Ministry of Health and report suspected cases of avian influenza to the NWT’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR).

“I’ve already bought myself a box of rubber glove in case we run into these kinds of birds,” he said. “Just in case anything like that happens, we need to put it in a bag and bring it to the ENR.”

At this point, Jutha is unsure if the NWT will have the same high number of cases as other parts of the country.

“What is the big picture going to look like from what we experience here in the North versus what is happening in Canada?” She said.

“I don’t have a crystal ball on that ball. But we know these birds have migratory paths. We know they cross into the area.”

2022-05-07 19:59:21

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