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FBCC updates Ontario industry on state of avian influenza

By Canadian Poultry magazine   

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Organization urges biosecurity measures amidst ongoing HPAI concerns.

A recent advisory released by the Feather Board Command Centre (FBCC) included important updates regarding the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) situation in Ontario have been provided. The FBCC, representing the interests of Ontario’s poultry industry, issued this advisory to keep stakeholders informed about the current status of HPAI in the region.

It revealed that on January 31, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) had confirmed the presence of HPAI on a premise in Ontario. However, there is a glimmer of hope as the Primary Control Zone (PCZ) surrounding this premise was officially revoked by the CFIA on March 27, 2024.

Despite the removal of the PCZ, the situation remains critical, with 14 active HPAI cases reported across Canadian provinces, affecting more than 11 million birds. Additionally, HPAI has been detected in seven poultry flocks in the U.S. within the last 30 days, intensifying concerns about the spread of the virus.


While Ontario currently doesn’t have any active HPAI cases, the FBCC emphasized the importance of maintaining heightened biosecurity measures. With the imminent spring planting season, the advisory stressed the need to minimize the risk of introducing fecal material from wild birds into poultry operations. The virus can persist in the environment for extended periods, particularly in cooler weather conditions.

To mitigate the risk of spreading the virus, the FBCC outlined several guidelines for farmers and stakeholders involved in Ontario agriculture. These guidelines include thorough vehicle washing, footwear sanitation, equipment cleaning, and careful management of planting and tilling activities near poultry premises.

Furthermore, the advisory highlighted the importance of prompt action in case of any signs of illness among birds. Farmers were urged to contact their veterinarian immediately and notify the relevant authorities if their birds exhibit any symptoms of illness.

The FBCC underscored the collective responsibility of all stakeholders in safeguarding Ontario’s poultry industry against the threat of avian influenza. By adhering to strict biosecurity protocols and staying vigilant, the industry can work together to mitigate the risks posed by HPAI.

As the situation continues to evolve, the FBCC pledged to provide timely updates and guidance to ensure the well-being of Ontario’s poultry sector.

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