Information concerning the avian influenza infection on the territory of the Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier Municipality
The Municipality wants to express its solidarity with the poultry producers on our territory concerning the avian influenza. There has always been a good cohabitation between the agricultural and urban environment and the Municipality would like this to continue during this difficult period. We know that the noxious odour problem is unpleasant for citizens, but it is unfortunately unavoidable but most of all temporary.
The Fédération des éleveurs de volailles du Québec and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have given us more details on the current situation in our Municipality.
The CFIA confirms that there are three commercial turkey sites that are infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Unfortunately, a fourth site was added on Thursday, July 21. These infections do not pose an environmental or public health risk.
Since the confirmation of the virus at the sites, the CFIA has taken control of the operations which include:
At present, the following steps have been completed:
In addition, there is no evidence to suggest that eating cooked poultry or eggs could transmit HPAI to humans. All evidence to date indicates that thorough cooking of the meat will kill the virus.
The latest information on HPAI outbreaks is available on the CFIA website.
For backyard flocks
We would also like to remind owners of farmed birds to enhance their biosecurity measures and to comply with the Regulation respecting the sanitary conditions applicable to places where birds are kept in captivity. We also recommend that owners of farmed birds, both on commercial farms and in backyards, take the following precautions
We appeal to the vigilance of poultry owners, for example, owners of urban chickens. They should watch for signs of avian influenza in their birds: lack of energy and appetite, decreased egg production and the laying of many soft-shelled eggs or eggs with no shell, swelling of the head, eyelids, crest, wattles and hocks, coughing, sneezing, nervous signs, diarrhea, lack of coordination or sudden death. In case of unusual mortalities or signs of the disease, contact the CFIA hotline at 450-768-6763.
Thank you, dear citizens for your support and understanding, and good luck to the poultry producers as they work through this crisis.