A new case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was confirmed in a commercial poultry flock in La Jacques-Cartier, Quebec, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reported.

According to the CFIA website, the most recent case was confirmed on July 9. With this detection, the past three HPAI cases in Canada have all been confirmed in La Jacques-Cartier. The previous two were confirmed on June 28 and July 3.

CFIA did not disclose further details concerning the type of birds in the affected flock or how many birds were involved. Those details are expected to be announced later by the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH). The most recent figures released by the WOAH put the total number of commercial poultry in Canada to be affected by the HPAI outbreak at more than 2 million, with the size of several flocks yet to be reported.

To date, there have been seven confirmed cases of HPAI in commercial poultry flocks in Quebec. Among the others, two were in Les Sources, while there was one case each in Brome-Missisquoi and Val-Saint-François.

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Every province has had at least one confirmed HPAI case, whether it has been in a commercial flock, backyard flock, wild birds or a combination of two or more of these. However, the only provinces to have positive HPAI detections in commercial poultry are Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

The current outbreak of HPAI in North America began when the virus was confirmed at an exhibition farm in Newfoundland and Labrador on December 21, 2021. However, the CFIA has not confirmed any new cases in that province since January 9.

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.