Risk level

Update on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Alberta

After a lull in the number of cases in June and July, cases are starting to occur again along with the fall wild bird migratory season. As a result, the risk level appears to be rising. More information on Alberta's situation.

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, which can be spread to farmed flocks during wild bird migratory season. 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, please call 310-0000 or your local Fish and Wildlife Office.

The CFIA is leading the investigation and response.

Updates for producers

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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)
After business hours: 1-800-524-0051
Fax: 780-415-0810

Address:
O.S. Longman Building
6909 116 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T6H 4P2

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