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FBCC Update – July 8, 2016

As of Friday, July 8, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed that a commercial 
duck farm near St. Catharines, Ontario, had received a positive test for a low path H5N2 AI virus. 
The farm has been quarantined and the birds on the premises are being depopulated.
 
  • Following consultations with industry and international markets the CFIA has established a restricted 3 km zone around the indexed duck farm.
  • All poultry farms and small flock growers within this zone will be subjected to testing and will be required to observe industry restrictions regarding placing and shipping of birds.
  • Movement and licensing will be required for moving poultry in and out of the 3km control zone.
  • A permitting process has not yet been established but is under development.  Farms outside of the 3 km zone are advised to proceed with their operations in the normal manner however they are advised to operate under heightened biosecurity protocols.
  • The Feather Board Command Centre (FBCC) has been working closely with the CFIA to map out all poultry farms within the designated zone (including small flock and family food farms) and to ensure that information is being made available to those farms within the restricted zone.
  • Preliminary analysis has identified one broiler farm and 23 small flock operations within the current restricted zone.
All poultry farms in Ontario are urged to heighten biosecurity measures immediately, including 
monitoring movement onto and off of the farm in the interest of flock health.   Please use the 
following as a guideline for enhanced biosecurity measures:
 
  • Each farmer, employee and every person entering all poultry barns must put on clean footwear, protective clothing and follow all biosecurity protocols on every entry into barns.
  • Restrict visits to other poultry production sites and avoid any co-mingling of birds or contact with outside/wild birds.
  • Avoid exchanging equipment with other poultry production sites.
  • Ensure all vehicles/farm equipment that access the barn vicinity are properly washed and disinfected and that the laneway is restricted/secured.
  • Ensure adequate training of farm and company personnel in biosecurity and disease prevention.
  • Ensure adequate control of wild birds and rodents.
  • Have a pressure washer or a hose available to wash tires and equipment, and make this available to all service vehicles.
Please alert any visitors that you have heightened your biosecurity because of this situation and 
keep a logbook of movement in relation to your farm. Should you suspect any signs of health 
concerns in your flock, please immediately contact your veterinarian as well as your Board.
 
Further updates will be provided as information becomes available through www.fbcc.ca.