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Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been confirmed in both domestic and wild birds in Ontario, with some bird cases being detected locally. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed the influenza in Ontario poultry on a commercial poultry premise in Norfolk County.

Avian influenza currently poses a very low risk to human health, except for those in close contact with infected birds. To date, no human cases of avian influenza have been detected in Canada. Ontario poultry is safe to eat when using proper cooking times, temperatures, and handling techniques.

The public is reminded to avoid handling live or dead wild birds and take precautions when caring for sick animals. If you observe sick or dead birds and suspect that disease may be involved, contact regional reporting lines:

CWHC Ontario Regional Coordinator


Other Resources if Required

Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC)

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC- Canadian Wildlife Service)

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH)

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)