Ontario avian flu ‘situation’ contained to one site, watchdog says
After euthanizing approximately 14,000 ducks, Canadian Food Inspection Agency to keep three-kilometre-wide quarantine zone in place indefinitely
OTTAWA—The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is continuing to investigate after detecting a case of bird flu on an Ontario duck farm earlier this month.
The regulator imposed a three-kilometre-wide quarantine zone around the site June 8 and euthanized approximately 14,000 birds at the commercial duck farm near St. Catharines, Ont.
After one week with the Avian Influenza Control Zone in place, the CFIA says the “situation” remains limited to the one site. The agency is continuing to test within the quarantine zone to determine if there is any additional evidence of avian influenza, though all testing up to this point has been negative.
“The Agency continues to monitor this situation closely. The Avian Influenza Control Zone remains in effect until further notice,” the CFIA said.
The positive test, first announced July 7, follows an outbreak of the virus on Ontario and B.C. farms last year.