Avian Influenza

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Avian Influenza Surveillance, Diagnostics and Control Zones

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) establishes control zones in areas where avian influenza has been identified. Visit the CFIA website to learn about movement avian influenza control permissions or view maps of current control zones in Ontario. Call a veterinarian or your nearest Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Animal Health office if you suspect your birds have avian influenza.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has created an Avian Influenza Surveillance and Diagnostics line to call to report a sick bird. The phone number to call is 226-217-8022 available 8 am-6 pm (EST) or by email cfia.ontsurveillanceanddiagnostics-survetdiagnostiques.acia@inspection.gc.ca.

Advisories and Updates

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) will continue to work with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), who is leading the disease response, the Feather Board Command Centre and the commercial and small flock poultry sectors to support producers and poultry owners to reduce further spread of the disease.

Biosecurity remains the best tool for producers to protect their flocks from avian influenza. OMAFRA has extensive plans in place and will continue to work with industry and government partners to provide information to producers to help address their financial, family support and animal care needs.

Poultry producers and owners who have concerns about the health status of their flocks should contact their veterinarian.

Avian influenza is not a threat to food safety but impacts birds. Ontario poultry and eggs are safe to eat when proper handling and cooking takes place.

Avian influenza can cause production and economic losses. Poultry producers and owners who have concerns about the health status of their flocks should contact their veterinarian.

Ontario cases can be found on CFIA's website.

Biosecurity for Ontario Poultry Farms and Flocks

Biosecurity remains the best tool for producers and holders to protect their flocks from avian influenza.

Poultry producers and small flock owners are encouraged to maintain strict biosecurity to prevent future outbreaks and are encouraged to contact their veterinarian if they have concerns about the health status of their flocks. A list of available veterinarian clinics that treat small flock poultry species in Ontario is here.

Clinical signs of avian influenza in poultry flocks can vary widely, and may include:

  • A drop in water and feed consumption
  • Decreased egg production
  • Soft-shelled eggs
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Diarrhea
  • Bruising of the limbs
  • Listlessness
  • Sudden increase in mortality rate.

The incubation period ranges from 2 to 14 days.

It is uncommon for avian influenza to impact human health, however those who directly work with poultry should take additional precautions, follow all public health guidelines and maintain strict biosecurity.

Biosecurity Resources

Biosecurity for Commercial Flocks

Biosecurity for Small Flocks

Support for Producers

For producers affected by avian influenza, compensation may be available as established by the CFIA's Compensation for Destroyed Animals Regulations.

All producers are encouraged to participate in Business Risk Management programs to support their farm businesses during difficult times. Producers should contact Agricorp for more information about specific business risk management program options.

Anyone needing information or resources can contact OMAFRA's Agricultural Information Contact Centre's toll-free number during business hours at 1-877-424-1300.

Farm families across Ontario can also access free counselling services as well as help connect at-risk producers with tailored support and resources. Free mental health counselling is available 24/7 to all farmers and farm families through the Farmer Wellness Initiative by calling 1-866-267-6255.

Mental Health supports are also available through Ontario 211 and the Ontario Mental Health Helpline at 1-866-531-2600.

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For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca