Monday, November 28, 2022

Avian flu found in Middlesex

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has reported an outbreak of highly-pathogenic avian influenza on a commercial poultry farm in North Middlesex.

There have also been numerous oubreaks reported over the weekend in the Chilliwack-Abbotsford area of the Southern Fraser River valley area in British Columbia.

Country Life in B.C. magazine reports that of the 30 commercial premises that have tested positive over the past two weeks, the majority fall within one of five control zones, which include four in Abbotsford and one in Chilliwack.

The industry remains at its most vigilant red biosecurity alert level, credited with limiting cases at commercial operations, but CFIA staff say farm-to-farm transmission is a risk.

“The high concentration of poultry operations in the Fraser Valley does present an increased risk for farm-to-farm spread,” CFIA told Country Life in BC in a statement.

To date, 33 wild birds – primarily eagles, owls, and waterfowl – have tested positive for H5N1 in BC. This is the least of any province in Canada. Three red fox and one skunk have also tested positive, according to the federal government’s avian influenza dashboard.