HPAI returns to Canada, but not in commercial flock

Non-commercial flock in Quebec is country’s first confirmed avian influenza case since February 19.

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For the first time in nearly two months, a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been reported in Canada.

However, fortunate for the country’s poultry industry, this latest detection was in a non-commercial flock. According to rules set forth by the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH), HPAI cases in non-commercial flocks should not have an impact on international poultry trade.

The latest instance of HPAI in Canada, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), was confirmed on April 10 in Haut-Saint-François Regional County Municipality, Quebec.

Prior to this case, the last time HPAI was confirmed in Canadian poultry was February 19, in a commercial poultry farm in Mountain View County, Alberta.

Quebec had not had a case of HPAI since February 9, when the presence of the virus was confirmed in a commercial poultry flock in Drummond Regional County Municipality.

So far in 2024, Alberta, Quebec and Ontario have been the only Canadian provinces to have confirmed HPAI detections in commercial poultry operations. However, the provinces of Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan have also had cases of HPAI in non-commercial flocks.

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

View our continuing coverage of the global avian influenza situation

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