A case of avian influenza has been detected in a commercial poultry flock in Manitoba.
Manitoba Agriculture announced Sunday that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed the case – the first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial herd in the province.
“This strain of avian influenza does not pose a food safety risk. Manitoba poultry and eggs are safe to eat when there is proper handling and cooking in place,” the province said.
There are no known cases of transmission of the virus from birds to humans in North America. While the risk of transmission of avian influenza to humans is low, the province said people should not touch dead birds or other wildlife with their bare hands.
Small herds at ‘high risk’ of infection, province warns
The province said all Manitobans raising poultry must complete an application for Manitoba Agriculture’s Premises Identification Program, so that if a case is found nearby, the province can immediately contact producers.
However, the province said small herd owners should take extra precautions.
“Small herds are considered to be at higher risk for HPAI infection because they often have access to outdoor pens or free-range,” the province said in a news release.
“This means there is a very high chance of exposure to wild birds that are contaminated with HPAI.”
The province stated that small herd owners should:
- Keep your birds indoors during the wild bird migration period;
- Avoid Show or Trading Birds:
- Contact a veterinarian immediately if they notice sudden death or increased respiratory symptoms within the herd; And
- Quarantine new birds for 21 days before integrating into the flock.
Manitobans are also said to watch for signs of avian influenza, including six or more dead waterfowl (eg ducks or geese) or groups of other birds, any number of dead raptors or avian scavengers (eg crows, crows). or) are included. gulls), and groups of dead birds of any species (more than 20).
If this is seen, Manitobans are asked to call the toll-free tip line at 1-800-782-0076.
More information about avian influenza can be found online.