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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:
- 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, 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:
- March 4, 2022: Update #1: Protecting Alberta Small Flock Poultry from Avian Influenza (PDF, 594 KB)
- April 11, 2022: Update #2: Information on Avian Influenza for Small Flock Poultry Keepers (PDF, 644 KB)
- May 9, 2022: Update #3: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) (PDF, 603 KB)
- July 22, 2022: Update #4: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) (PDF, 615 KB)
- September 6, 2022: Update #5: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) (PDF, 484 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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