Avian Influenza Update

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Regional Municipality of Niagara Department of Public Health have advised that control efforts respecting the low pathogenic avian flu outbreak on a Lincoln-area duck farm are progressing and that the upcoming site disinfection stage may result in the emission of odours to the surrounding area. 

Both the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Public Health Department assure residents that such odours are normal during disinfection processes.  Residents may begin to notice an odour at any time from this point onwards – and the odour may last for up to two weeks. 

Public Health has confirmed that any odours, while potentially a nuisance, do not pose any risk to human health.  Avian influenza from birds cannot spread through the air.  Only close, sustained and direct contact with infected birds presents a risk for avian influenza infection.

If the odours become difficult to bear out of doors, they are not harming your health, but Public Health suggests that residents may wish to seek relief by going indoors and closing the windows.

You can view an update from Canada's Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Harpreet Kochhar, regarding the avian influenza situation here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkvaPUqH-u4&feature=youtu.be


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