Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Bird flu confirmed at two farms in southern Ontario

Two poultry farms in southern Ontario are under strict quarantine due to a new strain of bird flu spreading around the world.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on Monday confirmed the presence of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of bird flu among the two poultry herds. The agency did not specify where in the southern part of Ontario the affected farms are located, but there are reports that one farm is in the Thamesford area and the other in Waterloo-Wellington.

In addition to placing the two farms under quarantine, the agency is in the process of introducing motion control measures and recommending improved biosecurity for other farms in that area.

“(Bird flu) is spreading in wild bird populations around the world and poses a significant national concern as birds migrate to Canada,” the agency said. “The CFIA continues to warn anyone with poultry or other susceptible birds to practice good biosecurity habits to protect them from infectious animal diseases.”

In recent months, other outbreaks of this strain of bird flu have been confirmed at commercial and non-commercial farms in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Bird flu is not a significant public health concern for healthy people who are not regularly in contact with infected birds. However, on rare occasions it can cause diseases in humans. Transmission to humans occurs when humans have close contact with infected birds or heavily infected environments.

“It is recommended that people who work with poultry that are suspected of being infected with bird flu, or in contact with such poultry, wear protective clothing. It includes face masks, goggles, gloves and boots, ”according to CFIA.


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