On March 27, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (high-path H5-N1 or HPAI) in a flock in Southern Ontario. A case was also confirmed in a red-tailed hawk found in the Waterloo region on March 22. Thsi means that all Ontario poultry flocks that spend time outdoors are at risk of contracting the disease, which has been decimating poultry populations across Atlantic Canada and the US in recent months.
In response to this issue, the Ontario Poultry Industry has issued a Heightened Biosecurity advisory which can be found below:
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is holding a webinar for Small Flock Poultry producers TONIGHT, Wednesday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. EST. The event will include an update on the status of the virus, information about the concerns it poses and how to protect your flock. You can join the webinar via Zoom. Anyone associated with small flocks or supporting small flocks in Ontario is encoured to attend.
A great deal of valuable information about Avian Influenza, including recordings of prior webinars, can be found on the Poultry Industry Council’s website.