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Canada’s battle vs. HPAI continues in two provinces

Two new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) were confirmed this weekend in small flocks in Alberta and British Columbia, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

The confirmation of HPAI in Cypress County represented the 29th outbreak in Alberta, but the first confirmed outbreak in more than a week, CFIA noted. The outbreak in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, B.C., is the 12th recorded in the province since its first case in mid-April and left Price Edward Island as the only province without any confirmed HPAI cases across Canada since late 2021. Five provinces – Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan – are the only areas to report confirmed HPAI outbreaks during the month of May.

Animal health authorities are reminding poultry owners to follow strict biosecurity measures that prevent contact between backyard flocks and wild birds, who possibly could spread the H5N1 virus to confined birds, CFIA added.

Par : Chris Scott (25/05/2022)

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