CFIA removes final Avian Influenza control zone in Ontario
By Canadian PoultryFeatures Barn Management Production Biosecurity Protection
July 30, 2015 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has removed the final Avian Influenza Control Zone, located in the counties of Oxford and Waterloo, Ont.
The quarantine on IP2 (infected premise #2) has been removed at the completion of the 21-day waiting period that followed the cleaning and disinfection process under CFIA oversight.
The information table for infected premises has been updated on the Agency’s website.
Permits are no longer required for the movement of birds and bird products in Ontario.
Removal of Avian Influenza Control Zones is a Canadian domestic measure and has no impact on export of poultry or poultry products.
A 3-month enhanced surveillance period following the cleaning and disinfection of all IPs is required by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) before a zone will recover its avian influenza free status.
The cooperation and support of the Province of Ontario, the poultry industry and the owners of the infected birds were critical to the successful control of this outbreak and the removal of the control zones.
The CFIA continues to remind poultry owners to take an active role in protecting their flocks by employing strict biosecurity measures on their property, and immediately reporting any signs of illness.
For more information on avian influenza and measures poultry farmers can take to protect their flocks, please visit the CFIA website at www.inspection.gc.ca.
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