Risk level

Update on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Alberta

The Avian Influenza Risk Level in Alberta has recently been changed to RED. 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

For information, see:

Control zone

On April 28, 2022, Minister Nate Horner declared a control zone for the province to prevent HPAI’s spread and protect producers.

Under this order, the Chief Provincial Veterinarian has implemented a prohibition of events where birds from separate flocks may comingle, including sales, swaps, shows and more.

This order is intended to reduce the likelihood of the disease’s spread by reducing the instances of birds from different flocks coming into contact with one another. This provincial control zone is separate from the primary control zones implemented by the CFIA as part of its disease response.

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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