On April 8, 2022, Avian Influenza (H5N1) was confirmed in a poultry flock in Kneehill County. The information was posted on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website on April 10, 2022, and according to this information, the CFIA has begun an investigation and has established quarantine and movement control protocols in the affected area. Avian influenza is highly pathogenic and presents a significant national concern as wild birds migrate to Canada because of its spread in wild bird populations globally.
Please visit the CFIA website for more information. For poultry producers and producers and owners with backyard flocks or pet birds, the CFIA website contains resources on avian biosecurity measures: Response to detections of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) in Canada 2021-2022 - Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Kneehill County will continue providing updates for informational purposes as they become available. Kneehill County is not otherwise directly involved in the process, and any questions should be directed to the CFIA and their appointed spokespeople as the situation evolves.