First case of avian influenza confirmed in Quebec

A first case of avian influenza of the H5N1 subtype has been detected in a farm in Saint-Claude, in the Eastern Townships, confirmed the company Canards du Lac Brome.

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“Upon confirmation of the case on Tuesday, the company proactively quarantined the site and immediately contacted the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), which oversees on-site activities,” the company said in a statement. press release, Wednesday.

As a precaution, the company has also placed its Knowlton breeding site under quarantine.

The management of Canards du Lac Brome says it is collaborating with specialists from the CFIA and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec (MAPAQ) in order to “fight against the disease and quickly stem the risk of spreading “.

“Strong biosecurity measures have been put in place, such as cleaning and disinfecting equipment, footwear and vehicle tires, all under the supervision of CFIA staff,” it said.

According to the CFIA, cases of this new avian flu have already been confirmed in Ontario and the Maritimes, but this is the first confirmed case in a poultry farm in La Belle Province.

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