CFIA confirms bird flu around poultry flock in southern Ontario

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza, subtype H5N1, in a poultry flock in southern Ontario.

The CFIA issued the warning on Sunday but did not state which type of poultry farm was affected.

The CFIA released goes on to say that it has placed the premises under quarantine and is establishing movement control measures and recommending enhanced biosecurity for other farms within that area.

A 10 km zone has been established near Waterloo/Wellington and another in the Thamesford area.

The H5N1 subtype is the same on that has been found in six provinces and 18 states in the US over the last four months.

The CFIA is also reminding poultry producers to remain vigilant and to apply appropriate biosecurity measures at all times and more information on avian influenza and measures poultry farms can take are available on the Avian influenza page on the CFIA website.

Ontario leads the country in poultry production, incliudng about a third of Canadian chicken and egg production, and nearly half of national turkey production.