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Animal health order implemented due to avian influenza

The discovery of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Saskatchewan has prompted the provincial government to issue an animal health order.

The Ministry of Agriculture’s Chief Veterinary Officer issued the order yesterday which limits the transport and comingling of poultry.

The health order prohibits the movement to and participation of birds in shows, auctions, and agricultural fairs, as well as any other events where birds would be brought together from multiple locations. The goal is to limit the spread of the virus to new flocks.

The order will be in place until Oct. 21 when it will be reviewed.

Avian influenza (AI) is a federally reportable disease under the Health of Animals Act. The virus, commonly known as “bird flu,” affects food-producing birds including chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, and quails, as well as pet and wild birds.

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