Second case of avian flu confirmed in Saskatchewan

The second case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has recently been confirmed in a Saskatchewan backyard flock and a commercial poultry flock.

The case was confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in the RM of Loreburn just two days after the first case was confirmed in the RM of Moose Creek in a small flock.

The Government of Saskatchewan is reminding producers and owners that biosecurity remains the best tool to protect their birds from avian influenza. Biosecurity protocols include keeping wild birds away from poultry flocks and their food and water supply, limiting visitors and monitoring bird health. Small flock owners are encouraged to confine their birds indoors, if possible, during wild bird migration.

Producers should contact their veterinarian immediately if they have concerns about the health status of their flocks. If avian influenza is suspected, producers should also contact their local CFIA office.

There is no risk to food safety, and the risk of transmission of avian influenza to humans is low. However, people working with poultry suspected of being infected with avian influenza should use protective clothing.

Saskatchewan producers and farm families dealing with any stress due to the outbreak are reminded about the provincial Farm Stress Line.

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