Avian flu: Measures must be taken on all farms

AGRICULTURE. Prevention, surveillance and control measures are recommended for all farms to limit the spread of the bird flu virus.

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) are issuing this notice on the sidelines of Quebec’s first two cases of bird flu. These infections were detected in Estrie, specifically in one commercial poultry farm (Canards du Lac Brome in Saint-Claude) and the other in a small non-commercial farm in Haut-Saint-François.

“There is no evidence that the virus can be transmitted to humans through consumption of properly prepared and cooked poultry, venison or eggs,” the statement said. You can continue to consume them with confidence by taking normal precautions for safe food storage, handling and preparation. ”

Avian influenza poses a low risk to the general population. The rare cases in which the virus is transmitted to humans are generally associated with close and prolonged contact in a closed environment with infected birds.

MAPAQ and the Quebec Poultry Disease Control Team (EQCMA) are reminding farm bird owners to improve their biosecurity measures and comply with ordinance on sanitation compliance in places where captive birds are kept.

MAPAQ also recommends that owners of breeding birds, both on commercial farms and in backyards, take the following precautions:

-Avoid direct or indirect contact between farmed and wild birds;

-If your birds need access to an outdoor enclosure, a net placed on top of the enclosure should prevent wild birds from landing there;

– Avoid attracting wild birds by the presence of feed or water near the chicken coop;

-Restrict access to the farm to authorized people only. Ensure that these individuals comply with applicable biosecurity measures;

– Clean and disinfect motor vehicles before entering the breeding areas;

-Avoid crowds of birds.

MAPAQ calls for the vigilance of poultry farmers. They should watch their birds for signs of avian influenza, such as: B. Loss of energy and appetite, reduced egg production and laying many soft-shelled or shellless eggs.

For unusual deaths or signs of illness, they should consult a veterinarian. If this is not possible, contact the MAPAQ Reporting Center at 1-844 ANIMALS or the CFIA Emergency Number at 1-866-806-4115.

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