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Increased Risk of Avian Influenza During Fall Migration

In April 2015, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) infections were identified in Ontario. These disease incidents were devastating to the individual affected farms and had a significant impact on the Ontario poultry industry. Properly implemented biosecurity is the poultry producers’ first-line of defense against infectious agents. Your farm biosecurity protocols should be well thought-out, stringently implemented and continuously followed.
 
With the fall weather quickly approaching, resulting in colder temperatures and wild bird migrations, the threat of re-emergence of HPAI is real. FBCC would like to remind producers to rigorously follow their daily biosecurity protocols, as well as consider appropriate additional biosecurity measures to help prevent disease occurrence and spread in the province.
 
The following is a list of biosecurity measures for Ontario poultry farms:

  • 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.
  • Minimize 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.
  • If possible, “heat treat” the barn/litter ahead of chick or poult placement (to 30°C for a minimum of 3 days).
Poultry growers should immediately contact their veterinarian and board if their birds show any signs of illness.

For specific information on any one of these biosecurity measures, please see the How to Protect Your Flock From Avian Influenza resource or contact your Field Service Representative for more
information and further clarification.

Visit the Feather Board Command Centre’s website at  www.fbcc.ca for more information.