Quebec commercial poultry flock hit by avian influenza

A new case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial poultry flock was confirmed in Quebec on March 27, about a month and a half after the province’s previously most recent HPAI case.

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A new case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial poultry flock was confirmed in Quebec on March 27, about a month and a half after the province’s previously most recent HPAI case.

According to information on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website, the latest case was confirmed in the Rouville Regional County Municipality.

Prior to that, the last HPAI cases in Quebec were confirmed on February 8, while the most recent case in Canada was confirmed on March 14 in West Lincoln Township, Ontario.

This is Rouville’s fourth commercial poultry flock to be affected by HPAI since the beginning of the 2022-23 outbreak.

CFIA did not disclose in its report what type of commercial flock was affected in the most recent case, nor did it state how many birds were in the flock.

With the latest HPAI case, Quebec has now had confirmed cases of the virus in 25 flocks. Of those, nine have occurred in 2023, while the other 16 were confirmed in 2022. The province’s first instance of HPAI during the present outbreak was confirmed on April 12, 2022, in the La Val-Saint-Francois Regional County Municipality.

To date, only two Canadian provinces have had more HPAI cases than Quebec during the 2022-23 outbreak. British Columbia has had 77, while Alberta has had 38.

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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