Fraser Valley poultry farms test positive for avian influenza

The outbreaks were reported between Nov. 16 and 19
calendar icon 24 November 2022
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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recently confirmed seven commercial poultry farms in the Fraser Valley tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza. The outbreaks were reported between Nov. 16 and 19.

Six infected premises in Abbotsford and one in Chilliwack have been placed under quarantine by the CFIA. The BC government has notified producers within a 10-kilometre radius of each of the positive test results.

The risk of avian influenza to commercial poultry farms and small flocks increases each spring and fall with the migration of waterfowl and other birds to and through British Columbia.

Since the first 2022 confirmation of avian influenza in BC poultry in mid-April, there have been 36 cases in BC. Eighteen were before June, and 18 since September after the fall migration began. Of the 36 cases, 14 were on commercial farms, 21 in small flocks and one in a captive wild bird.

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