Feather groups prepped for spring bird flu

Apr 12, 2023

With migratory birds set to return soon, Manitoba poultry groups are bracing for an increased threat of bird flu.

“We’re hoping for the best but we’re preparing for another challenge like we had in the fall,” said Cory Rybuck, general manager of Manitoba Egg Farmers.

Migratory birds are considered the most common source of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) infections on farms. Clothing and equipment can become contaminated by droppings, which can then spread the disease.

“Scientific evidence indicates that HPAI circulates naturally in wild birds, and is spread through migratory birds,” a Canadian Food Inspection Agency spokesperson told the Co-operator. “Spring migration for birds has already begun and is expected to last until June.”

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