Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Hawk near Waterloo carried avian influenza

A red-tailed hawk found west of Waterloo has been confirmed infected with highly-pathogenic avian influenza.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency passed the information on to the Feather Board Command Center which alerted its members.

They include the egg, chicken, turkey and hatching egg marketing boards and related service providers.

The Feather Board Command Center is urging its members to take extra biosecurity measures.

It warns that bird poop could be infected and carried into barns on boots. 

And it cautions farmers and their employees about any contact with wild birds, including feeding and hunting.

If birds show signs of illness, it urges its members to immediately contact their veterinarian.