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Avian influenza (bird flu)

Avian influenza (AI), commonly known as "bird flu", is a contagious viral infection that can affect several species of food producing birds as well as pet birds and wild birds.

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Latest bird flu situation in Canada

Updates on the outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza in birds across Canada, where disease zones are, and what guidance is given for farmers and the public.

Facts about avian influenza (bird flu)

Disease definition and more about its virus types, strains, transmission, signs of infection and ways to protect birds.


A set of biosecurity practices to help producers and bird owners limit the introduction and spread of disease.

Overview of how Canada prevents, prepares and responds to bird flu outbreaks

Prevention practices used in Canada, what the early warning signs are, how to prepare for an outbreak and how response measures are applied.

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Vaccination Task Force

A forum for discussion on issues relating to the potential use of vaccination against HPAI in Canada.

Toolkit for producers and livestock sector

Guidance for industry on import and export restrictions by country, surveillance, biosecurity, process when declared infected, and more.

Tips for bird owners

Guidance for pet bird owners and of small flocks about protecting, preventing and detecting disease, importing requirements, and what to do with infected birds.

Previous bird flu cases

Data on past cases of avian influenza infections in birds in Canada.


Guidance for commercial poultry producers about surveillance, timeframes, types of sampling and primary control zones.

Cleaning and disinfection

Steps taken if your commercial or non-commercial premises are declared infected.

Report a sick bird

If you suspect that your bird is sick or if you see a sick or dead wild bird, find out who to report it to.

Number of flocks infected with Avian Influenza

If you suspect that your bird is sick or if you see a sick or dead wild bird, find out who to report it to.

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