Fifteen new cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) were confirmed in commercial poultry farms in British Columbia from November 23 to November 27.

According to information from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the province saw one new HPAI case on November 23, two new cases each on November 24 and 25, and five new cases each on November 26 and 27.

It was earlier reported that five HPAI cases in the province were confirmed on November 22.

All of the most recent avian influenza cases were confirmed in either Abbotsford or Chilliwack, both of which are municipalities. Nine of the 15 new cases were in Abbotsford, while the other six were in Chilliwack.

CFIA has not yet disclosed information on the types of operations these 15 premises are, nor did it disclose information concerning the number of birds in these flocks. That information is expected to be released by the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) at a later date.

So far in 2022, British Columbia has had 35 cases of HPAI in commercial poultry. Only Alberta has experienced more HPAI cases this year with 38.

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Twenty of British Columbia’s HPAI cases in 2022 have been in Abbotsford, while 10 have been in Chilliwack. Three cases have been confirmed in the Langley Township, while the Regional District of North Okanagan and the District of Kent have each had one confirmed case.

The province has also had 21 cases in flocks described as non-commercial and one flock described as captive wild.

Ontario has another HPAI case

CFIA also reported a new case of HPAI in a commercial poultry flock in North Middlesex, Ontario, which was confirmed on November 27. It is the first flock to be affected by HPAI in the municipality in 2022. Ontario's last case of HPAI prior to this was confirmed on November 21 in Adelaide Metcalf.

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.