Avian Influenza Outbreak Spreads Among Birds in Kingston, Ontario

An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza subtype H5N1 has expanded from Canada geese to crows and a Bald Eagle in Kingston, Ontario. The Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative confirmed the virus in birds who have been found dead. Over a dozen birds tested positive. The outbreak is part of a global surge in avian influenza, with millions of bird deaths in Canada in the past five months. While the virus is concerning, the risk to humans is lows. Authorities urge caution, suggesting precautions when handling wild birds and promptly reporting any sightings of distressed or dead birds.