WOAH: Canada’s latest HPAI case involved commercial ducks

Of the three Canadian commercial poultry operations to be hit by avian influenza in 2024, two have been in Quebec.

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A previously reported case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) to be confirmed in a commercial poultry farm in Canada involved a commercial duck operation in Quebec.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) earlier reported that the presence of HPAI was confirmed in a commercial operation in Drummond County, Quebec, on February 9. However, at the time, the CFIA did not disclose information concerning the type of flock involved, or how many birds were affected.

A more recent report from the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) stated that this particular case involved a flock of 2,181 commercial ducks. In this flock, 49 ducks died, while the other 2,132 ducks were euthanized.

Other control measures put in place included disinfection, quarantine, traceability, zoning, surveillance inside and outside of the restricted zone, official disposal of carcasses, official disposal of byproducts and waste, and disinfection.

The CFIA has not reported any cases of HPAI in commercial operations since it announced the Drummond County case.

So far in 2024, three commercial poultry flocks in Canada have been hit by HPAI. Two of those have been in Quebec, while the other was in Ontario. The presence of HPAI has also been confirmed in non-commercial flocks in Alberta, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan since the year began, but those HPAI cases, according to WOAH standards, should not have an impact on international poultry trade.

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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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