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Avian Flu Cases Rose Throughout the Fall

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Manitoba’s summers have been low on bird flu, but fall is a different story. The state began seeing a rise in cases in September, and cases continue to rise, according to Val Weeks, his manager at Manitoba Chicken Producer Field Services.

“Well, we have 18 new cases this fall, and they are at various stages of the process. There are so many new cases, and only one new case so far, the case in November.”

Weeks says Manitoba producers have historically done a good job of limiting the spread of bird flu.

“Farmers are still following strict biosecurity protocols on their farms because wild birds are the main vectors of disease, and although we cannot accurately measure the effectiveness of biosecurity, we know that producers are doing a good job. For example, when there were AI cases across Minnesota in 2017, Manitoba had none.”

The risk of avian influenza to humans is low, and bird-to-human transmission of the strain is not known in North America. The state is seeking help from the public to identify wild bird cases. Manitoba is asked to contact her toll-free TIP line at 1-800-782-0076 if she finds any of the following:

  • 6 or more dead waterfowl (ducks, geese, etc.) or other waterfowl
  • Any number of dead raptors or avian carrion eaters (e.g. crows, ravens, gulls)
  • A large group of 20 or more dead birds of all kinds.

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