“Recently, Alberta poultry farms have tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), which was previously detected in migratory waterfowl, backyard flocks and commercial poultry flocks in the eastern United States, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and in a wild bird in Vancouver.

“Albertans can be assured there is no risk to food safety and that the risk to human health is extremely low.

“The quick discovery of these cases is a testament to the effectiveness of our disease surveillance and response system and the commitment of our poultry producers.

“The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is leading the investigation and response. Alberta has supported the CFIA with testing and mapping, and we have offered our help wherever possible and needed.

“We are in regular contact with the CFIA, industry, producers and other stakeholders to ensure a timely, coordinated and effective response.

“This case is an important reminder of the importance of strict biosecurity measures and early detection. HPAI is a reportable disease, so if you suspect or confirm a case in your flock, you are required to report it to the CFIA or the Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian.

“This is an incredibly difficult time for the affected producers. We appreciate the steady support of all stakeholders as we continue working together to resolve this issue.”