Pigeon and Poultry News

Avian Influenza Update

Ernie Silveri asked that we send out information to our members on the recent Avian Influenza outbreak in the Fraser Valley. The following report was provided by Dave Williamson.

You will no doubt be aware of the recent outbreak of avian flu in the Fraser Valley.  At the time of writing, a “highly pathogenic” strain of H5N2 has been discovered on five poultry farms around Abbotsford resulting in the death or destruction of 140,000 birds and all of the province south of Prince George being placed under various levels of quarantine.  The source of the virus is unknown but suspected to be migratory birds, possibly waterfowl. 

Ten years ago during a similar local outbreak of the H5N1 strain of the avian flu, the advocacy efforts of the pigeon fancy had a negligible effect on the actions of the CFIA with its consumer and commercial interests mandate.  So,while there is nothing pigeon fanciers can do to affect the big picture, there are some common sense precautions we can take during the outbreak:

•    prevent your birds coming in contact with wild birds by not flying them, in fact a case could be made for not using uncovered flights;
•    do not introduce any new birds into your loft;
•    restrict visitors to your loft;
•    restrict your visits to possible infected sites such as livestock auctions; and
•    set up a precautionary disinfectant foot bath at the door to your loft.

For more information on avian influenza worldwide check out http://www.thepoultrysite.com/bird-flu/birdflu-news.php
Keith Biggs