An animal health control area order has been put in place in the province to help prevent the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza, or HPAI. The order, from Saskatchewan’s Chief Veterinary Officer, came into effect on Thursday and goes until May 14th. Then, the situation will be reassessed. 

The order prohibits the movement to and participation of birds in shows, auctions and agricultural fairs. It also applies to other events where birds would be brought together from multiple locations.  

HPAI has been detected in a number of provinces this year. This includes outbreaks in domestic poultry in Alberta and Ontario. The first case in Saskatchewan was reported in a snow goose on April 8th. The case in Saskatchewan was the first appearance of HPAI in the province in 15 years. 

Poultry producers and small flock owners are being reminded to follow biosecurity protocols to protect their flocks from disease. This includes keeping wild birds away from the flocks as well as food and water supplies, limiting visitors and monitoring bird health. Those who have small flocks are encouraged to keep the birds indoors during wild bird migration, if possible.