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Avian flu outbreak confirmed in North Okanagan, investigation underway Nation World News

B.C.’s agriculture and food minister said Thursday that the avian flu outbreak in northern Okanagan poses an “extremely low risk” to public health, but that new health measures are being implemented.

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Lana Popham said the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has detected the presence of avian influenza at a North Okanagan farm and is leading the investigation and response with provincial support for testing, mapping, monitoring and disposal.


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“The ministry has also activated its Emergency Operations Center and will work with CFIA, producers, industry and other stakeholders to effectively respond to this outbreak and any others that may occur in BC.

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“All poultry producers, including backyard poultry owners, are advised to enhance their biosafety practices to be vigilant and monitor for signs of avian influenza in their flocks,” Popham said in the statement.

“To protect farmers and prevent the spread of avian influenza in B.C., the deputy chief vet has issued an order calling for all commercial poultry flocks with more than 100 birds in the province to be kept indoors until spring migration ends in May. Needs to be taken inside.”

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If avian influenza is suspected, poultry producers should contact their local veterinarian or provincial animal health center immediately for advice and information.

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“The public health risk is extremely low and there is no risk to food security.

“I know this is an incredibly stressful time for our poultry and egg producers. They have gone through a lot over the past two years. They have shown they are really resilient. We are here to help, and We will work together to tackle this.”


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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada says the food industry is making adjustments to maintain its supply of poultry and eggs in the event of large outbreaks of avian flu in Canada and around the world.

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it has been an unprecedented year globally for avian flu, or bird flu as it is also known.

Outbreaks of the highly pathogenic strain H5N1 have been detected not only in BC, but also in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta since late 2021.


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As of April 11, about 260,000 birds have been killed or killed by the virus in Canada. About 166,000 of them were in Alberta and 84,000 were in Ontario.

While most forms of avian flu are mild, H5N1 can cause severe illness and death in birds.

To contact the BC Animal Health Center, call 1 800 661-9903 or [email protected] email to

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— With files from the Canadian Press

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