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April 20, 2015 -  Preliminary testing by the Province of Ontario has confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza on a second farm in Oxford County, Ontario. The farm is a broiler breeder chicken farm.  The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has placed the farm under quarantine to control disease spread…
April 17, 2015 -  With the management of the avian influenza outbreak in Ontario now almost through its second week, the FBBC Board continues to be pleased at the effectiveness of the containment and risk management procedures that have been put in place. The FBCC EOC staff is meeting regularly with all sectors…
With planting season fast approaching, it is important to realize that tilling and planting equipment will cover every inch of fields that may have been contaminated by wild birds. This equipment should be kept away from poultry barns and from driveways serving poultry premises. April 13, 2015 - The highly pathogenic…
May 14, 2015 - H5N2 avian influenza continues to spread in the northern U.S. with new cases being reported daily.  The total number of detections is 162 with 33,521,073 birds affected.  Also for the first time this week, highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza was detected in a backyard mixed-poultry flock in Whitley…
April 7, 2015 - Preliminary testing by the Province of Ontario has confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza on a turkey farm near Woodstock, Ontario.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has placed the farm, and a neighbouring farm, under quarantine to control disease spread and the industry sector has been notified to adopt enhanced…
April 6, 2015 - The USDA has confirmed that H5N2 has been found in a flock of 71,000 turkeys in Stearns County, Minnesota, one of the highest turkey-producing counties in the state.  That brings the number of Minnesota turkey farms affected by H5N2 to five.  A commercial turkey flock has…
 Farms should only admit visitors that are essential to the farming operation. Here are some tips on keeping your livestock safe from disease if you plan to host visitors, especially those from other countries As a general biosecurity recommendation, farms should only admit visitors that are essential to the farming…
March 15, 2015- Although the virulent strain of avian flu that has affected poultry in numerous states in the U.S. has been identified as nearly identical to viruses isolated in migratory ducks, how the virus is spreading can't be explained by the ducks' flight patterns, say experts.  READ MORE 
  After a month with no new cases of avian influenza (AI) being reported, the B.C. poultry industry is hoping the worst is over and it can start getting back to normal. The high path H5N2 outbreak was first confirmed at a broiler breeder and a turkey farm on Dec.…
February 6, 2015 - A backyard chicken coop in B.C.'s Fraser Valley has tested positive for avian influenza, the first case in more than a month in the region.  CTV News reports.    
December 3, 2014 - Two more farms in British Columbia's Fraser Valley were placed under quarantine Wednesday as officials attempted to contain an outbreak of avian influenza, though it wasn't yet clear whether any birds at the new sites were actually infected.The announcement brought to four the number of farms in B.C.'s Fraser Valley under…
December 2, 2014 - Two poultry farms in southwestern British Columbia are under quarantine and thousands of birds are set to be euthanized after the discovery of an avian influenza of the H5 subtype, provincial and federal agencies said Tuesday.Health officials had yet to determine the precise strain of the virus, including whether it is…
It’s currently a conundrum for those in the poultry industry when one or several birds must be transported, from a farm where there is a bird health issue to the lab, where various samples can be taken or a post mortem exam is conducted. Often, the same boxes that have…
One of the most important procedures on a farm for protecting the health of both livestock and farmers is the maintenance of strict biosecurity protocols. But following them takes time, money and effort for little or no immediate benefit. On the other hand, however, a disease outbreak can occur with…
As flu seasons begins, the risk of re-emergence of avian influenza A viruses (AIVs) increases. In light of this, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is urging increased precautions and continuous surveillance by all countries. Past AIV outbreaks have caused huge economic losses in the food…

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