Saskatchewan’s first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry since May was confirmed on September 9.

According to information on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website, the latest case was discovered in the rural municipality of Laird. CFIA did not disclose the type of flock that was affected, nor did it disclose the size of the flock. This is the first case to be confirmed in Laird.

The last time HPAI was confirmed in the province was May 25, however, that was in a backyard flock. The last case in a commercial flock was confirmed in the Rural Municipality of Baildon on May 4.

To date, seven commercial poultry flocks in Saskatchewan have been affected by HPAI, as well as seven backyard flocks.

Other locations in Saskatchewan where HPAI was detected in commercial poultry include the rural municipalities of Kingsley, Montrose, Carmichael, Morse, Loreburn and Moose Creek. The Moose Creek case was the first for the province in 2022, with that case being confirmed on April 15.

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Prior to this case in Saskatchewan, the last three cases of HPAI in commercial poultry in Canada were all located in Alberta. Those cases were confirmed on September 4, August 31 and August 23. Before that, Canada’s last case in commercial poultry was confirmed on August 1 in Quebec. Quebec also recently had a black bear test positive for HPAI.

Elsewhere in North America, the most recent cases of HPAI have been reported in the states of Minnesota, California and Ohio.

To learn more about HPAI cases in commercial poultry flocks in the United States and Canada, see an interactive map on WATTPoultry.com.

Read our ongoing coverage of the global avian influenza outbreak.