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Monday, July 11, 2016
Canada - Bird Flu News Low-Path Bird Flu Outbreak Found in Canada
CANADA - An outbreak of avian flu confirmed in Canada is a low pathogenic subtype, according to test results from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Canada - Bird Flu News Canada Steps Up Avian Flu Surveillance Efforts
CANADA - The governments of Canada and British Columbia are investing $300,000 to strengthen the surveillance, early detection, and response measures to avian flu.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Canada - Bird Flu News Canadians Reminded of US Poultry Import Rules After Bird Flu
CANADA - Canada's Border Services Agency (CBSA) has reminded travellers of the restrictions on poultry products coming into Canada from the US following the avian influenza outbreaks earlier this year.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Canada - Bird Flu News Canada Lifts Some Avian Flu Control Zones
CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has removed the quarantines on the first Avian Influenza Control Zone.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Canada - Bird Flu News Help for Canadian Poultry Sector to Recover from Impact of Avian Influenza
CANADA - The Canadian and British Columbian governments are to fund two initiatives worth up to C$1.58 million to help BC poultry producers re-establish their operations and mitigate the impact of future risks following an outbreak of notifiable avian influenza in the Fraser Valley this past winter.
Thursday, May 07, 2015
Canada - Bird Flu News Will Canadian Poultry Farmers Need Bird Flu Insurance?
CANADA - A poultry industry-generated insurance is being considered in British Columbia to cover business losses and the cost of cleaning and disinfection after any future outbreak of bird flu.
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Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Canada - Bird Flu News Canada Reports H5N8 Flu Virus in Wild Bird in British Columbia
CANADA - According to a report sent to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Canadian Food Inspection Service has confirmed the H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus in a juvenile American wigeon (Anas americana; Anatidae) at Abbotsford in British Columbia on 6 February 2015.
The bird was found as the result of enhanced surveillance in response to the event in poultry (H5N2) in the province of British Columbia in December 2014.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Canada - Bird Flu News Third Bird Flu Outbreak in Ontario Confirmed
CANADA - In Follow-up Report No.2 to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), dated 28 April, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirms the third outbreak of H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza in the province of Ontario.
It was on a farm at Bright. On 22 April, clinical signs were observed in a flock of 7,925 commercial turkey breeders; five birds died. Only one of the four barns on the farm was affected, where the birds were 45 weeks of age. The farm was in an already-existing control zone. The farm has been depopulated and is undergoing cleaning and disinfection.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Canada - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Confirmed on Ontario Turkey Farm
CANADA - A third farm has now been confirmed with H5 highly pathogenic avian influenza in the province of Ontario.
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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Canada - Bird Flu News Ontario's Bird Flu Control Zone Extended
CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has established a second Avian Influenza Control Zone in Ontario to control the movement of animals, products and equipment within the zone to minimise disease spread.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Canada - Bird Flu News Confirmation of Second Ontario Bird Flu Outbreak
CANADA - It has been confirmed that the second outbreak of H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza in Ontario was in a broiler breeder flock.
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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Canada - Bird Flu News Second Ontario Flock Tests Positive for Avian Flu
CANADA - Highly pathogenic avian influenza of an H5 type has been confirmed on a second farm in southern Ontario.
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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Canada - Bird Flu News New Development in Monitoring of Avian Influenza
CANADA - A new research project, funded by Genome BC and partners, aims to identify the the source of the H5N2 avian flu virus strain and develop better tools to predict future outbreaks.
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Monday, April 13, 2015
Canada - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Quarantine Encompasses 29 Ontario Farms
CANADA - Twenty-nine poultry farms in Ontario are now under quarantine after H5 avian influenza was confirmed on a turkey farm, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Canada
Canada - Bird Flu News New Nanotechnology Tool Detects Avian Flu Virus on Farms
CANADA - A simple and effective portable tool to predict avian flu outbreaks on farms has been created by University of Guelph researchers.
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Friday, April 10, 2015
Canada - Bird Flu News High Mortality Set Alarm Bells Ringing in Ontario Turkey Flock
CANADA - The recent outbreak of high-path bird flu in Ontario was in a flock of 45,000 housed commercial turkeys and caused by the H5N2 variant of the virus.
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Thursday, April 09, 2015
Canada - Bird Flu News Canada Confirms H5N2 Avian Flu Virus in Ontario Outbreak
CANADA - The avian influenza virus detected in southern Ontario confirmed as the H5N2 highly pathogenic subtype.
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Canada - Bird Flu News Canadian Food Inspection Agency Quarantines Eight Oxford County-area Farms
CANADA - Eight farms have been quarantined and Asian trade restrictions slapped on Ontario poultry and poultry products in the widening fallout of an outbreak of bird flu at a commercial turkey farm near Woodstock.
Norwich Gazette
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Canada - Bird Flu News Ontario Reports First H5 Avian Flu Outbreak
CANADA - Preliminary testing has confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza on a turkey farm near Woodstock in the south of Ontario.
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Monday, April 06, 2015
Canada - Bird Flu News Canada Restricts More US Imports to Protect Its Poultry
CANADA - The authorities in Canada have placed restrictions on imports of live birds, eggs, raw poultry products, raw pet foods from Montana, South Dakota, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Minnesota, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington following recent outbreaks of avian flu in those US states.
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Avian Influenza

(aka bird flu, avian flu) is caused by a type of influenza virus that is hosted by birds, but may infect several species of mammals. It was first identified in Italy in the early 1900s and is now known to exist worldwide. A strain of the H5N1-type of avian influenza virus that emerged in 1997 has been identified as the most likely source of a future influenza pandemic.Strains of avian influenza virus may infect various types of animals, including birds, pigs, horses, seals, whales and humans. However, wild fowl act as natural asymptomatic carriers, spreading it to more susceptible domestic stocks.

How to Recognise Avian Influenza
What to look for
  • Ruffled feathers
  • Soft-shelled eggs
  • Depression and droopiness
  • Sudden drop in egg production
  • Loss of appetite
  • Cyanosis (purplish-blue coloring) of wattles and comb
  • Edema and swelling of head, eyelids, comb, wattles, and hocks
  • Green diarrhoea
  • Blood-tinged discharge from nostrils
  • Incoordination, including loss of ability to walk and stand
  • Pin-point hemorrhages (most easily seen on the feet and shanks)
  • Respiratory distress
  • Increased death losses in a flock
  • Sudden death
  • Nasal discharges
For more detail in avian influenza in poultry click here
Poultry Vaccination

Poultry Vaccination as a strategy for controlling AI in commercial birds

Outbreaks of avian influenza in the poultry industry cause devastating economic losses and is generally controlled through extensive culling of infected birds. Alternative strategies also use vaccination as a supplementary control measure during avian influenza outbreaks.

.Advantages of Vaccination
  • Vaccination reduces susceptibility to infection.
  • A higher dose of virus is necessary to infect the vaccinated birds.
  • Vaccinated birds shed less virus.
    - Decreased contamination of the environment.
    - Decreased risk of human infection
  • Used strategically vaccination compliments a stamping out strategy by slowing/stopping the spread of the virus
For more information on poultry vaccination see:

Avian Influenza (Fowl Plague) is a potentially devastating disease, predominantly of chickens and turkeys, although the virus can also affect game birds (pheasants, partridge and quail), ratites (ostrich and emu), psittacine and passerine birds.

Avian Influenza is caused by an orthomyxovirus, or influenza virus and can survive for considerable lengths of time outside of the host and birds are infected through contact with other birds, mechanical vectors such as vehicles and equipment and personnel travelling between farms, markets and abattoirs.

Precautionary requirements include cleaning and disinfection of premises and the establishment of a Biosecurity barrier to help prevent spread of disease is essential.

For more information on biosecurity see the links below

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