Friday, June 24, 2022

Avian flu appears over in Ontario

There have been no new outbreaks of highly-pathogenic avian influenza in Ontario since May 18, leaving the poultry industry breathing a bit easier.

Since the beginning of the outbreak on March 25, there have been 20 commercial and six small flocks infected.

Seven flocks are from the four Ontario poultry marketing boards.  One was a large duck operation.

Recovery is now well underway, reports the Feather Board Command Centre.

Due to the successful completion of specific disease response milestone activities as prescribed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), infected zones (the thee-kilometre zone around infected premises) have now been released for all but two zones. 

Post outbreak surveillance is in progress in several of the quarantine zones. 

Farmers within those zones must submit weekly responses to CFIIA’s Flock Health Questionnaires.