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FBCC Update - July 18, 2016

On July 15, 2016 the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) posted the following statement:
 
The CFIA is “continuing its investigation into an avian influenza situation near St. Catharines, Ontario.  There remains one single premises confirmed to be infected with avian influenza, which is a commercial duck farm. The Agency has established an Avian Influenza Control Zone that covers a 3 km boundary from this farm. All other premises located within this zone, as well as other high risk-contact premises have been placed under quarantine. The Agency is continuing surveillance and testing within the zone to determine whether there is any additional evidence of avian influenza. To date, all of this testing has been negative.  To reduce disease spread, all ducks on the infected premises have been humanely euthanized in accordance with internationally accepted standards. Avian influenza does not pose a risk to food safety when poultry and poultry products are properly handled and cooked. Avian influenza rarely affects humans that do not have consistent contact with infected birds.  The Agency continues to monitor this situation closely. The Avian Influenza Control Zone remains in effect until further notice.”
 
With the low pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza outbreak well into its second week, FBCC thanks producers and industry for their diligence and effectiveness of the containment and risk management procedures that have been put in place.

  • FBCC continues to co-operatively work with CFIA in their response efforts.
  • Quarantine means that movement licenses are required for moving all poultry products as well as things such as equipment, litter, bedding, etc., on and off farms in the 3km control zone.  Farms outside of the 3 km zone are advised to proceed with their operations under heightened biosecurity protocols.
  • Composting is underway at the infected farm. Once the virus has been killed through satisfactory time/ temperature treatment, cleaning and disinfecting will occur followed by a 21 day fallow period.  The 3 km control zone will remain in place until these procedures are completed and CFIA announces its removal.
Poultry farms and industry stakeholders are urged to continue with heightened biosecurity measures.
Should you become aware of health concerns in any flock(s), please immediately contact your veterinarian as well as the Board, or call 1-877-SOS-BYRD.
 
Further updates will be provided as information becomes available through www.fbcc.ca