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HPAI found in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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The U.S. Geological Survey has released a Wildlife Health Bulletin regarding the detection of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 at an exhibition farm in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. 

On December 20, 2021, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed the presence of HPAI H5N1 at a multi-species exhibition farm in the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The exhibition farm does not produce birds for sale and no other cases resembling avian influenza have been reported in the vicinity of the farm.

Despite ongoing monitoring for this pathogen, this is the first detection of HPAI H5 in North America since the summer of 2015. The U.S. Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service –Wildlife Services (WS) recently completed fall waterfowl sampling in the U.S., as called for in the Implementation Plan for Avian Influenza Surveillance in Waterfowl in the United States. HPAI was not detected in the nearly 6,000 samples collected through that effort. 

For information about HPAI, as well as West Nile virus and other zoonotic diseases that is pertinent for ornithologists and bird banders, read the Ornithological Council’s fact sheet.

More information about HPAI and the USDA APHIS’s  plan for avian influenza surveillance in wild birds is available here

The full text of the USGS Update is attached and will also be available here soon.

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WHB 2021-04_HPAI.pdf

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