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2 May 2022 / Healthy Wildlife / Carolyn Blushke

Influenza A (H5N1) virus detected in Wild Foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in Ontario

St. Marys, Ontario, Canada

These cases represent the first detections of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAIV) H5N1 A/goose/Guangdong/1996 (Gs/GD) lineage in wild mammals in Ontario, Canada and in the Americas. One of the kits was found dead and the other was exhibiting severe neurological signs (including seizures) and died shortly after admission to a wildlife rehabilitation centre.

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