New cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) were confirmed in two U.S. states and two Canadian provinces on September 27, including the first case in North Dakota since May.

U.S. avian flu cases

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) reported that the virus was found in a commercial turkey flock in Ransom County, North Dakota. There were 69,100 turkeys involved.

That marks the first case for Ransom County and the fifth for North Dakota for the year. However, according to APHIS, the last time HPAI was confirmed in a commercial flock in the state was on May 16.

APHIS also reported more commercial turkeys in Sanpete County, Utah, had been affected by HPAI. According to the company’s website, two new cases were confirmed on September 27 in that county. It identified both as commercial turkey flocks, but flock size information was only available on one of those two. In the one flock, 127,200 birds were affected.

Prior to this, Sanpete County had six cases of HPAI, all of which were in commercial turkeys.

Canada avian flu cases

Two new cases of HPAI were confirmed in Canadian poultry on September 27.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reported that new cases were confirmed in commercial flocks in Camrose County, Alberta, and the Rural Municipality of Ste. Anne, Manitoba.

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This is Camrose County’s fourth case of HPAI in 2022, but the first case since April 25. All three of the county’s prior cases were confirmed in April, and those included a commercial flock of 33,871 layers, a commercial flock of 25,000 turkeys, and a commercial flock of 21,500 broilers.

The case in Ste. Anne is the second for the rural municipality. The previous case was confirmed five days earlier.

Information concerning the flock sizes and types for the most recent Alberta case and both Manitoba cases has not been released.

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.

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