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Williams Lake workshop provides tips on recognizing, preventing avian flu

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food will hold an information session on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, for small flock poultry owners in the Williams Lake area about the avian influenza virus, how they can protect their flocks and how to prepare for potential impacts if their birds become sick.

The session will be 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.

The session will be held at Thompson Rivers University, Williams Lake campus, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Attendees will receive a free biosecurity kit containing tools and information to help maintain good biosecurity practices. Although there is no cost to attend the session, seating is limited and registration is mandatory. Register online here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/410044663627

The risk of avian influenza to commercial poultry farms and small flocks increases each spring and fall, with the migration of waterfowl and other birds to and through British Columbia. The Williams Lake public information session is one of a series of sessions planned for communities throughout B.C. this fall.

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