Avian influenza persists in Quebec poultry

A new case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was confirmed in a commercial poultry herd in La Jacques-Cartier, Quebec, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reported.

According to the CFIA website, the most recent case was confirmed on July 9. With this detection, the last three HPAI cases in Canada have all been confirmed in La Jacques-Cartier. The previous two were confirmed on June 28 and July 3.

CFIA has not released further details on the type of birds in the affected flock or how many birds were involved. Those details are expected to be released later by the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH). The most recent figures released by the WOAH estimate the total number of commercial poultry in Canada affected by the HPAI outbreak at over 2 million, with several flock sizes yet to be reported.

To date, there have been seven confirmed cases of HPAI in commercial poultry flocks in Quebec. Among others, there were two in Les Sources, while there was one case each in Brome-Missisquoi and Val-Saint-Fran├žois.

Every province has had at least one confirmed HPAI case, be it a commercial flock, backyard flock, wild birds, or a combination of two or more of these. The only provinces with positive HPAI detections in commercial poultry are Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

The current HPAI outbreak in North America began when the virus was confirmed on December 21, 2021 at a display farm in Newfoundland and Labrador. However, the CFIA has not confirmed any new cases in that province since Jan. 9.

For more information on HPAI cases in commercial poultry flocks in North America, see an interactive map at WATTPoultry.com.

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