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HPAI detected in southwestern Ontario poultry flock

By Canadian Poultry magazine   

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Avian influenza outbreak hits Town of Amherstburg, triggering biosecurity measures.

Collaborating closely with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the Feather Board Command Centre (FBCC) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial poultry flock in the Town of Amherstburg in southwestern Ontario.

CFIA has not revealed the type of poultry farm affected.

This detection triggered a flurry of biosecurity measures and quarantine provisions.


Farmers across the region are urged to take immediate action, as CFIA prepares to establish a Primary Control Zone (PCZ) in the area where the disease has been detected. The FBCC has released a 10km buffered biosecurity advisory map, providing a visual guide for affected areas. Farmers are advised to check the map and stay vigilant for potential updates from CFIA representatives or their respective board contacts.

The CFIA will be implementing stringent control measures within the Primary Control Zone, aiming to contain the spread of the highly contagious virus. CFIA has set up a dedicated webpage for its maps, Map: Avian Influenza Control Zones – Ontario, which will be updated.

While CFIA finalizes the establishment of the PCZ, producers near the affected farm are instructed to restrict the movement of birds, people, and equipment on and off their farms, as well as within the designated area. Detailed biosecurity protocols can be accessed on the FBCC website, providing a comprehensive guide for farmers to follow.

Additionally, CFIA will be issuing movement control permissions to regulate the transportation of birds and related equipment. Farmers are encouraged to check the CFIA website for information on required permits. Inquiries can be directed to

Small flock owners can also find valuable resources and support at Small Flock Ontario, which offers relevant information to navigate the challenges posed by the outbreak.

In the event that birds exhibit signs of illness, farmers are urged to contact their veterinarians promptly and notify their respective boards. Timely communication and collaboration are essential in combating the spread of HPAI.

For ongoing updates and detailed information, visit the Feather Board Command Centre’s website at

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