Ontario extends commingling limitations to hinder HPAI spread

The limitations have been extended to November 21
calendar icon 19 October 2022
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Cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) in domestic poultry continue to be confirmed across Ontario by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). In order to reduce the likelihood of disease transmission in domestic birds by limiting direct contact, Paul Innes, Deputy Chief Veterinarian for Ontario, has decided to extend limitations on the commingling of birds.

"Commingling events pose a real and significant risk to domestic poultry, especially during the current migration period," he said.

Effective since September 23, 2022, this Order will now continue through to November 21, 2022. The Order temporarily prohibits events where birds commingle, such as bird shows, bird sales and swaps, portions of fairs where birds are exhibited, sport and educational displays where birds are brought from multiple locations, vaccination gatherings for birds from multiple locations, and prohibits the movement of birds to those events. 

Temporarily reducing direct contact between birds from different locations will limit the spread of avian influenza and protect flock health. This Order may be further extended if required.

"I also strongly encourage your members to maintain strict biosecurity measures to help reduce the risk of introducing avian influenza to their birds," Innes concluded.

The Order applies province wide.

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