April 28, 2022

Avian Flu Detected in Alberta

The Avian Flu has been detected in several areas in Alberta.

Avian Influenza is highly pathogenic and can be spread to domestic birds by wild bird populations.

Here’s what to do if you suspect an outbreak.

Bird owners are legally responsible to notify authorities of Avian Influenza and should call a veterinarian or a local office of the CFIA if they suspect their birds are sick with Avian Influenza.

For poultry producers and owners with backyard flocks or pet birds, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website contains resources on avian flu and biosecurity measures.

Any questions should be directed to the CFIA.www.inspection.canada.ca

What is Alberta’s Premise Identification Program

One way to protect your flocks is to have a Premise ID.  Premise ID is one of the pillars of traceability, and links livestock and poultry to land locations or premises.  Alberta’s Premises Identification Program was established to plan for, control and prevent the spread of animal diseases.

This system is the most efficient way for CFIA to contact you if there is an outbreak in your area.    Registering for this program is easy and free.  If you already have a Premise ID number please make sure that your contact information is up to date.  https://partners.agric.gov.ab.ca/pid/

The PID program is also used as an early warning system to notify animal owners of a natural disaster such as a flood or wildfire that could affect their animals.



Yellowhead County is providing this update as public information and is not directly involved in the notification process.