Canadian Authorities Relax Some Bird Flu Controls

CANADA - The area designated the restricted zone within the avian influenza Primary Control Zone in the Fraser Valley region of British Columbia has been reduced.
calendar icon 19 February 2015
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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has reduced the size of the 10-km restricted zone within the Primary Control Zone as progress continues to be made in the control of avian influenza in British Columbia.

The revised restricted zone now uses the Trans-Canada Highway as its northern border rather than the Fraser River and adjustments have been made to the western border of the restricted zone to reflect quarantines being lifted from individual premises.

The control zone maps on the CFIA web site have been updated.

The Primary Control Zone will remain in effect until the CFIA determines that movement controls are no longer required to prevent the spread of avian influenza. This determination will consider factors such as disease surveillance testing and progress on the destruction and disposal of infected birds and complete disinfection of premises.

CFIA permits continue to be required for the movement of birds and bird products within the Primary Control Zone.

The CFIA continues to urge poultry farmers to take an active role in protecting their flocks by employing strict biosecurity measures on their property, and to immediately report any suspicion of avian influenza.

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