Update on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Alberta
During the spring months, migration of wild birds and warmer weather increases the risk to poultry. More information on Alberta's situation.
Poultry shows, swaps and auctions also present a risk for spread of avian influenza. It is recommended to avoid holding or attending these events with birds, but if you decide to do so, review Biosecurity for Poultry at Shows, Swaps and Auctions.
There is an extremely low risk to human health and no risk to food safety. While some strains have the potential to infect humans, previous cases of avian influenza in people have involved close contact with infected birds or heavily contaminated environments.
There is no effective vaccine or cure for this disease, although vaccine options are being investigated. Biosecurity is essential for protecting your flocks and preventing the disease’s spread. More information on reducing the risk of HPAI can be found at Avian influenza in domestic birds.
HPAI is a reportable disease, so if you suspect or confirm a case in your flock, you must report it to:
- the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Email: [email protected]
- or the Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian.
If you have concerns about sick or dead wild birds, call 310-0000 or your local Fish and Wildlife Office.
The CFIA is leading the investigation and response.
Updates for producers
For information, see:
- March 20, 2023: Update #6: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) (PDF, 127 KB)
- September 6, 2022: Update #5: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) (PDF, 484 KB)
- July 22, 2022: Update #4: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) (PDF, 615 KB)
- May 9, 2022: Update #3: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) (PDF, 603 KB)
- April 11, 2022: Update #2: Information on Avian Influenza for Small Flock Poultry Keepers (PDF, 644 KB)
- March 4, 2022: Update #1: Protecting Alberta Small Flock Poultry from Avian Influenza (PDF, 594 KB)
Connect with the Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian:
Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
After business hours: 1-800-524-0051
O.S. Longman Building
6909 116 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 4P2
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