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In certain cases, after reportable diseases have been ruled out, if clinical signs of WNV are found in domestic species that are raised for food production, the CFIA will still play a role in ensuring that the animals are allowed to be slaughtered only after they have recovered completely and a period of time has passed after the clinical signs have ended.

CFIA has prepared documents on how it will respond to situations where neurological clinical signs are reported in horses and domestic poultry. The main objective of these documents is to provide guidelines on how CFIA will manage situations where the primary task for the agency would be confirmation or exclusion of the reportable diseases which clinically could resemble WNV (e.g. rabies in horses or Newcastle in avian species).

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