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Avian influenza in domestic birds – Updates

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Risk level

Update on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Alberta

  • Wild birds

    With spring wild bird migratory season approaching, there is uncertainty in the risk associated with HPAI in migratory waterfowl at this time of year. For information on HPAI in wild birds in Alberta, see: 

    Avian Influenza in wild birds

  • Poultry

    In the spring of 2023, there were far fewer incursions into poultry flocks than in the fall of 2023, but some risk was likely still present.

    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:

  • Farmed mammals

    While we have seen several species of wild birds and mammals affected by the circulating strain, there were previously no reports of detections in other species of livestock. The possibility of spread to farmed mammals is a concern, though the level of risk is uncertain at this time.

    On March 25, 2024, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the finding of H5N1 in dairy cattle herds with illness and drops in milk production. A case of H5N1 in goats has also been reported by the University of Minnesota. For details, visit:

  • General public

    The risk to the public from the current strains of Avian Influenza (H5N1) circulating in birds in North America remains low; however, those who come into contact with sick birds or other animals have an increased risk and should take precautions. For more information, see:

    Influenza viruses are easily killed by heat. There is no risk of exposure from properly handled and cooked poultry and other meat, eggs, and game bird products, nor from pasteurized milk. For further details, visit:

  • Mitigation

    There are no effective vaccines or treatments approved for use in livestock in Canada at this time, 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:

  • Where to report

    HPAI is a reportable disease, so if you suspect or confirm a case in your flock, you must report it to:

    Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
    Phone: 403-338-5225
    Email: cfia.westaisickbird-ouestialesoiseauxmalades.acia@inspection.gc.ca

    Or 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)
    Fax: 780-415-0810

    The CFIA is leading the investigation and response in poultry, and CFIA and the Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian are monitoring the situation as it relates to other livestock species.

    If you have concerns about sick or dead wild birds, call 310-0000 or your local Fish and Wildlife Office.

     

Updates for producers

For information, see:

2023

2022

Contact

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)
Fax: 780-415-0810

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