H5N1 avian influenza reported in poultry flocks in Ontario, Canada



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Earlier this week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) notified the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) of the confirmed presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) in the province of Ontario , in Canada.

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On March 27, the CFIA confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI), subtype H5N1, in a poultry flock in Guelph/Eramosa Township, Ontario.

The following day, the CFIA confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI), subtype H5N1, in a poultry flock in Zorra Township, 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 increased biosecurity for other farms in this area.

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AI is spreading in wild bird populations around the world and is of significant national concern as birds migrate into Canada. The CFIA continues to remind anyone with poultry or other susceptible birds to practice good biosecurity habits to protect themselves from infectious animal diseases.

Other cases have been reported in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.

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