Earlier this week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has advised the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) of the confirmed presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) in Ontario province, Canada.
On March 27, the CFIA confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI), subtype H5N1, in a poultry flock in the Township of Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario.
The following day, CFIA confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI), subtype H5N1, in a poultry flock in the Township of Zorra, Ontario.
To control any potential spread of the disease, the CFIA has placed the premises under quarantine and is establishing movement control measures and recommending enhanced biosecurity for other farms within that area.
AI is spreading in wild bird populations across the globe and presents a significant national concern as birds migrate to Canada. The CFIA continues to remind anyone with poultry or other susceptible birds to practice good biosecurity habits to protect them from infectious animal diseases.
Other cases have been reported in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.