British Columbia Now Considered Free of Avian Influenza

Canada has officially notified the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) that British Columbia is now considered free of avian influenza.

On June 3, B.C. successfully completed three months of surveillance following eradication of the disease.

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It is hoped that trading partners who recognize control zones will now resume trade with B.C. Those who have placed nationwide restrictions on trade, however, will likely continue to wait until after Ontario has declared the same.

The highly pathogenic H5N2 strain was also found in three Ontario poultry flocks this spring. The third case was discovered on April 23rd and confirmed as the H5N2 strain the following day. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has not reported any new cases since then.

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