The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the poultry industry to step up biosecurity because waterfowl are migrating and could be shedding dangerous influenza virus strains in their poop.
That’s the probable cause of devastating outbreaks of avian influenza last year, wiping out millions of chickens and turkeys in the United States, three flocks in Oxford County, Ontario, and a number of flocks in the lower Fraser Valley area of British Columbia.
The CFIA is also warning that some avian influenza viruses can pass between people and birds.
Two commercial flocks were recently found to be infected with the H1N1 strain of avian influenza which is known to pass between people and birds, it says.
The CFIA also says highly-pathogenic strains of avian influenza have been confirmed in commercial poultry flocks in Mexico and the United States earlier this year.
There is lots of information available on biosecurity protocols for the poultry industry, including the CFIA website, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the Poultry Industry Council and all of the poultry marketing boards, both provincial and their national agencies.