Avian influenza still taking a toll in Quebec

Quebec is now the Canadian province with the second most confirmed cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) during the 2022-23 outbreak.

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Quebec is now the Canadian province with the second most confirmed cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) during the 2022-23 outbreak.

The latest case for the province was confirmed on May 6 in a commercial poultry flock in the Les Maskoutains Regional County Municipality, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Details concerning the type of poultry flock affected were not disclosed, nor was a number concerning how many birds were in the flock.

With the latest detection, Les Maskoutains has had nine cases of HPAI during this outbreak, all of which were confirmed during the past month. The municipality’s first case was confirmed on April 13.

The newest case also pushes the total number of HPAI detections in commercial poultry flocks to 39 during the 2022-23 outbreak. Only British Columbia has had more confirmed cases at 79. Alberta is now the province with the third most cases at 38.  

All of Canada’s provinces have had confirmed cases of HPAI, although cases in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island did not involve commercial poultry. HPAI has also been confirmed in wild birds in all of Canada’s territories.

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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