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Manitoba confirms presence of H5N1

Manitoba confirms presence of H5N1

Samples from snow geese and a bald eagle tested positive for the virus

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer
Farms.com

Manitoba Natural Resources and Northern Development has confirmed two earlier suspected cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza.

The provincial government issued a bulletin on April 14 indicating it collected wild bird samples.

Those samples, from snow geese near Waskada and a bald eagle near Dauphin, each tested positive for H5N1, an April 20 document says.

Those are the only positive samples in the province as of now.

No positive tests have been found in poultry flocks. But that could change.

“This is an evolving situation,” Maria Arlt, acting director of the Wildlife and Fisheries branch of Manitoba Agriculture, told reporters Wednesday,” CBC reported. “Manitoba is constantly monitoring the latest guidance and advice from our partners and we will be adjusting accordingly.”

Manitobans are asked to contact the TIP Line at 1-800-782-0076 if they spot any of the following:

  • clusters of six or more dead wild waterfowl (e.g., ducks, geese) or other water birds;
  • any number of dead raptors or avian scavengers (e.g., ravens, crows, gulls); or
  • large groups of dead birds, such as more than 20 of any species.

With the positive samples in Manitoba, almost every Canadian province has had at least one case of H5N1 in 2022 and dating back to late 2021.

Province

Date(s)

Locations/Notes

British Columbia

April 20

Ministry of Agriculture issues statement after Canadian Food Inspection Agency findings of an outbreak at a farm in the Okanagan.

Alberta

April 6, 8, 9, 19, 11, 12, 15 and 15

H5N1 detected in Mountain View County, Ponoka County, Kneehill County, Paintearth County, Wetaskiwin County, Camrose County, Warner County and Cardston County.

Saskatchewan

April 14 and 16

RM of Moose Creek and RM of Loreburn

Ontario

March 27, 28, 30, 31

April 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 14

CFIA confirmed the presence of the virus in Guelph, Zorra, Woolwich, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, Selwyn, Centre Wellington, Markham, Prince Edward County, Chatham-Kent, West Grey and South Glengarry.

Quebec

April 12, 13, 14, 17

H5N1 found in Val-Saint-Francois, Haunt-Saint-Francois, Brome-Missisquoi and Les Sources.

Nova Scotia

Feb. 3, 4, 14

March 17

 

Newfoundland and Labrador

Dec. 22, 2021

Jan 11, 2022, March 17, 2022

 

New Brunswick

March 9

Found in a black-backed gull near Riverview.

Prince Edward Island

March 2

Found in a bald eagle on PEI’s north shore.


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