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UPDATE – Canadian Food Inspection Agency Say Avian Flu Detected at Chilliwack Poultry Farm

Ottawa/Chilliwack – UPDATE – September 16 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed a commercial poultry farm in Chilliwack has tested positive for the H5 strain of the avian influenza virus.

The infected premises has been placed under quarantine by the CFIA, and the ministry has notified producers within a 10-kilometre radius of the positive test results. The CFIA is leading the investigation and response with provincial support for testing, mapping, surveillance and disposal.

B.C.’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food continues to work closely with the CFIA and the B.C. poultry industry to ensure enhanced prevention and preparedness measures are in place to protect poultry flocks, particularly as the fallbird migration begins. B.C.’s chief veterinarian has issued an order requiring regulated poultry producers with quota under Canada’s supply management system to keep birds indoors until further notice. The risk of avian influenza to poultry farms increases each spring and fall with the migration of wild waterfowl and other wild birds to and through British Columbia.

To extend that preparation to smaller operations, B.C. government veterinary specialists will host public information sessions in 11 communities for small-flock poultry owners to help them prevent, recognize and report the virus. The sessions are being scheduled for late September until November to reach small flock owners in the Cariboo, Okanagan, Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland, Prince George area and Vancouver Island, with the schedules and locations to be announced once confirmed.

All poultry owners are encouraged to enhance current biosecurity measures and to familiarize themselves with the signs of avian influenza and the appropriate reporting stream. Poultry owners should pay particular attention for signs of illness in the months ahead, and work with their veterinarian for any diagnosis and disease reporting support.

Since mid-April, the CFIA has confirmed 19 cases of avian influenza in commercial and small flocks in B.C. The Wild Bird Mortality Investigation Program hotline, 1 866 431-2473, enables members of the public to report sightings of sick or dead wild birds.

ORIGINAL STORY September 14 – he Canadian Food Inspection Agency posted that Avian Flu was detected at Chilliwack Poultry Farm. But they did not release specific details.

On their website, CFIA say this was detected on September 12 but did not release any other specifics.

The CFIA website is emphatic that there is no evidence that HPAI can be transmitted to humans who eat cooked poultry or eggs.

As of September 7, 13 separate cases involving 160,000 birds are in BC.

Date detectedInfected Premises (IP) location QuestionPremises type QuestionWOAH premises classification QuestionPrimary control zone (PCZ) Question – MapStatus of order declaring PCZ
September 12, 2022BC-IP19
City of Chilliwack
commercialpoultryto be determinedto be determined

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