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Update on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Alberta

In conjunction with the fall wild bird migratory season, we have seen risk associated with highly pathogenic avian influenza rise again, resulting in several cases detected in both commercial and small flock poultry operations. Another update was sent to poultry owners in September that can be viewed at Avian influenza in domestic birds – Updates.

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.

The current strain of avian influenza (H5N1) circulating in birds in North America poses low risk to the general public; however, those who come into contact with sick birds or other animals have an increased risk and should take precautions. For more information, see Fact sheet: Avian influenza and human health. Influenza viruses are easily killed by heat. There is no risk of exposure from properly handled and cooked poultry, eggs or game bird products.

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:

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:




Connect with the Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-3448
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
After business hours: 1-800-524-0051
Fax: 780-415-0810

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