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Maple Ridge session provides tips on recognizing, preventing avian flu

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food is holding an information session on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, in Maple Ridge for small-flock poultry owners.

The session will focus on the avian influenza virus, how owners can protect their flocks and how to prepare for potential impacts if their birds become sick.

The session is being led by B.C. government veterinary specialists. Attendees will learn about:

  • improving flock or farm biosecurity to reinforce against disease outbreaks;
  • recognizing the signs of avian influenza and how to report cases;
  • how foreign animal disease regulations affect small-flock poultry;
  • what to expect if a flock is positive for avian influenza; and
  • resources available for non-commercial bird owners, including diagnostic services through the BC Animal Health Centre.

Attendees will receive a free biosecurity kit containing tools and information to help maintain good biosecurity practices.

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