Thursday, December 1, 2016

Ontario officially free of avian influenza

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has notified the World Organization for Animal Health that Ontario is officially free of avian influenza.

“This declaration is based on the successful completion of a three-month surveillance period following the eradication of notifiable avian influenza in commercial poultry, including duck farms and hatcheries in the province,” says the CFIA on its website.

Being free of the disease improves Canada’s export status.

“The cooperation of the commercial poultry industry, individual bird owners, the province of Ontario and local authorities were instrumental in the disease eradication effort in Ontario,” says the CFIA.

The poultry marketing boards have set up a “command centre” which responds to these types of situations.