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CFIA establishes avian influenza control zone in St.Catherines


July 10, 2016
By CFIA FBCC

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July 10, 2016 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has set up a quarantine zone after low-path H5N2 avian influenza was detected in southern Ontario.

The CFIA says a quarantine zone covering a three-kilometre radius has been placed near St. 
Catharines. 

The agency says bird flu hasn’t been detected anywhere else in the quarantine zone, but officials say they’re monitoring for any spread of the disease.  Currently 23 premises are quarantined, however only one commercial/regulated broiler chicken farm is in within the quarantine zone besides the AI positive duck flock. The other quarantined premises are small and/or unregulated flocks.   Trace out to three other high risk contact flocks (from the positive farm) has been completed and those flocks have tested negative.   

The Feather Board Command Centre have asked Ontario poultry industry stakeholders to use heightened biosecurity measures if it is necessary to enter into this area. Heightened biosecurity measures include (but are not limited to):

• wearing boots, protection suits, hats and gloves/hand washing;

• ensuring that all deliveries/loading should be the last on the route; and

• washing and disinfecting the truck’s undercarriage and steps before proceeding with any other delivery/loading.

Should you become aware of health concerns in a flock(s), please advise the farmer to contact a veterinarian, as well as their Board or call 1-877-SOS-BYRD.