Lethbridge County, Alberta, has first HPAI case since 2022

Alberta has now had eight commercial poultry flocks affected by avian influenza in 2023.

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The most recent confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Canada was in Lethbridge County, Alberta.

According to information from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the presence of the virus was confirmed in a commercial poultry flock in the county on November 27.

CFIA has not yet disclosed the type of commercial poultry flock involved, or how many birds were in the flock.

With the exception of British Columbia, Alberta has had more commercial poultry flocks infected by HPAI during the 2022-23 outbreak than any other Canadian province. British Columbia has had 124 farms affected, while Alberta has had 46. Eight of those cases were confirmed in 2023.

This is the third time a commercial poultry flock in Lethbridge County has been affected by HPAI during the past two years. The previous two instances were confirmed on May 1 and November 3, both in 2022.

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

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