Movements of birds, poultry products and poultry farm equipment are under new restrictions in the area where five poultry farms in British Columbia have been quarantined with avian flu.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Monday announced a new “primary control zone” in the entire southern half of B.C. south of Highway 16, split in three disease control sub-zones: infected, restricted and security.
The new zones were set up in response to the five farms confirmed with avian flu in the past week, including two confirmed with high-pathogenicity H5N2 avian flu.
“Infected” sub-zones will cover up to three kilometres out from any known infected premises, while “restricted” sub-zones surround the infected zone for up to 10 km out from those infected premises, based on avian flu epidemiology, to prevent the spread of the virus.
The “security” sub-zone, meanwhile, includes all of the primary control zone outside infected and restricted sub-zones, CFIA said.
Because southern B.C. has a “high concentration” of poultry operations, CFIA said, the primary control zone covers an area beyond the premises already affected.
New movement restrictions in the control zone apply to captive birds — poultry, fowl and pet birds, included — as well as to poultry products and/or byproducts.
The restrictions also cover “anything that has been exposed to captive birds” such as feed, vehicles, equipment or clothing.
Most of the restrictions in the new primary control zone are going to apply to its infected and restricted zones, “because of the greater potential that the virus can spread,” the agency said.
All movement of captive birds into, out of, and through the control zone is now “strictly controlled” and will require permits from CFIA, the agency said.
The restrictions will also apply to poultry products and byproducts and material that have come in contact with captive birds, CFIA said.
For example, movements onto quarantined premises in infected zones are not allowed. Birds can be moved to slaughter off premises in an infected zone under specific permit. Chicks, poults and pullets can also be moved within an infected zone under specific permit. Hatching eggs from infected zones can be moved to federally registered hatcheries in restricted zones and the security zone under specific permit.
Show poultry, pigeons, non-commercial flocks, raptors, zoo birds and captive birds including caged pet birds within an infected zone will require specific permits before they can be moved, CFIA said.
More generally, people can move into and out of the primary control zone from the restricted and security zones under general permit without restrictions. However, live birds and hatching eggs in the security zone are not allowed to move outside the primary control zone. — AGCanada.com Network