Monday, April 11, 2022

Province bans bird meets

Ontario has banned bird shows, sales, fairs, sport and educational displays until May 9 to prevent the spread of highly-pathogenic avian influenza.

In a nutshell, there’s a ban on commingling birds.

There are also quarantine zones around farms that have experienced outbreaks or the virus. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency enforces the zones banning all poultry-industry traffic in and out. 

The infected flocks are euthanized and property owners must undertake a thorough and onerous cleaning and disinfecting.

The quarantines zones are:

April 4 – Township of Centre Wellington (poultry flock) 

April 2 – Township of Selwyn (backyard flock) 

March 31 – Township of Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation formerly known as Cape Croker reserve (backyard flock) 

March 30 – Township of Woolwich (poultry flock) 

March 28 – Township of Zorra (poultry flock) 

March 27 – Township of Guelph/Eramosa (poultry flock) 

There are also quarantines in three other locations that have yet to be confirmed as infected.

Markham (poultry flock) 

Blenheim (poultry flock) 

South Glengarry (poultry flock)