Two cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been reported in poultry in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.
Prior to this, HPAI had only been reported in a wild goose in Saskatchewan.
According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), one of those cases was confirmed in the Municipality of Moose Mountain on April 14, and the other was confirmed in the Municipality of Loreburn on April 16.
Each infected premises has been placed under quarantine. CFIA has begun an investigation and will be establishing movement control measures on other farms within that area.
Information concerning the size of these two flocks or the types of poultry operations involved has not been provided by CFIA at this point.
New cases in Alberta, Quebec
In addition to the two new cases in Saskatchewan, CFIA also reported four new cases in Alberta and one new case in Quebec.
The Alberta cases included two poultry flocks in Mountain View County, and one poultry flock in Warner County, all of which were confirmed on April 14, and one poultry flock in Cardston County, confirmed on April 15.
The new case of HPAI in Quebec was confirmed in Les Sources on April 17.
Up to this point, every province in Canada has had at least one confirmed case of HPAI in 2022 except Manitoba, although the cases in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island were in wild birds, and cases in Newfoundland and Labrador only involved backyard flocks and an exhibition farm. The cases in those three provinces should not have an impact on international poultry trade, in accordance with World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) standards.
HPAI has also been found in all four North American flyways in Canada.
To learn more about HPAI cases in North American commercial poultry flocks, see an interactive map on WATTPoultry.com.
Read our ongoing coverage of the global avian influenza outbreak.