Avian Influenza Infected Premises in the Comox Valley Regional District

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Public Notice

Avian influenza Infected Premises in the Comox Valley Regional District

On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, a small flock poultry premises in the Comox Valley Regional District was confirmed positive for Notifiable Avian Influenza (AI) by the BC Animal Health Centre.

AI viruses can be classified into 2 categories: low pathogenicity (LPAI) and high pathogenicity (HPAI) viruses, based on the severity of the illness caused in birds. In Canada, highly pathogenic avian influenza (subtypes H5 and H7) viruses are considered to be Notifiable Avian Influenza, which is a reportable disease under the Health of Animals Act. All cases must be reported to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Disease Containment Measures Taken: The premises was placed under quarantine by the CFIA on Monday, May 9th after initial identification as a Suspect Premises. The CFIA and the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food continue to implement additional response measures to address the situation.

Bird owners are legally responsible to notify authorities of serious bird diseases such as bird flu. Do not take sick birds off the property. If a flock is suffering from any unexplained clinical signs or increased mortality, bird owners should contact a professional for help and sampling.

For more information, please review the documents below:
Notification of Infected Premises - CVRD (May 11)
Prevention of AI through Bird Movement Control