Timeline of Events: Notifiable Avian Influenza – British Columbia – 2014/2015

June 3, 2015

Canada has notified the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) that as of June 3, 2015, British Columbia is considered free of notifiable avian influenza. This declaration is based on the successful completion of a three month surveillance period following the eradication of notifiable avian influenza in domestic poultry in the province.

March 25, 2015

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) removes the quarantine from premises IP10 at the completion of the 21 day waiting period that followed the cleaning and disinfection process under CFIA oversight. No premises remain under quarantine.

The information table for infected premises is updated.

March 15, 2015

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) removes the quarantines from premises IPNC-1 and IPNC-2 at the completion of the 21 day waiting period that followed the cleaning and disinfection process under CFIA oversight.

The information table for infected premises is updated.

March 9, 2015

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) removes the avian influenza Primary Control Zone (PCZ) in British Columbia. Permits are no longer required for the movement of birds and bird products in British Columbia.

March 7, 2015

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) removes the quarantine from premises IP1 and IP7 at the completion of the 21 day waiting period that followed the cleaning and disinfection process under CFIA oversight.

The information table for infected premises is updated.

The Agency continues to issue permits for the movement of birds and bird products within the restricted zone and the Primary Control Zone as the zones remain in effect.

March 5, 2015

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) removes the quarantine from premises IP2 at the completion of the 21 day waiting period that followed the cleaning and disinfection process under CFIA oversight.

The information table for infected premises is updated.

The Agency continues to issue permits for the movement of birds and bird products within the restricted zone and the Primary Control Zone as the zones remain in effect.

February 25, 2015

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) removes the quarantine from premises IP11 at the completion of the 21 day waiting period that followed the cleaning and disinfection process under CFIA oversight.

The information table for infected premises is updated.

The Agency continues to issue permits for the movement of birds and bird products within the restricted zone and the Primary Control Zone as the zones remain in effect.

February 19, 2015

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) removes the quarantine from premises IP4 at the completion of the 21 day waiting period that followed the cleaning and disinfection process under CFIA oversight.

The information table for infected premises is updated.

The Agency continues to issue permits for the movement of birds and bird products within the restricted zone and the Primary Control Zone as the zones remain in effect.

February 16, 2015

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reduces the size of the 10 km restricted zone within the Primary Control Zone. This change to the restricted zone reflects the quarantines that have been lifted to date.

The control zone maps are updated.

The Agency continues to issue permits for the movement of birds and bird products within the 10 km restricted zone and the Primary Control Zone as the zones remain in effect.

February 12, 2015

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) removes the quarantine from premises IP9 at the completion of the 21 day waiting period that followed the cleaning and disinfection process under CFIA oversight.

The information table for infected premises is updated.

The Agency continues to issue permits for the movement of birds and bird products within the 10km restricted zone and the Primary Control Zone as the zones remain in effect.

February 9, 2015

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) removes the quarantine from premises IP8 at the completion of the 21 day waiting period that followed the cleaning and disinfection process under CFIA oversight.

The information table for infected premises is updated.

The Agency continues to issue permits for the movement of birds and bird products within the 10 km restricted zone and the Primary Control Zone as the zones remain in effect.

February 7, 2015

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirms the presence of a high pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus on a non-commercial farm in Chilliwack, BC. The infected premises is under quarantine, depopulation of the affected birds has been completed and disposal measures are underway.

The CFIA removes quarantines from premises IP3 and IP6 at the completion of the 21 day waiting period that followed the cleaning and disinfection process under CFIA oversight.

The information table for infected premises is updated.

The CFIA continues to issue permits for the movement of birds and bird products within the 10km restricted zone and the Primary Control Zone as the zones remain in effect.

February 4, 2015

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) removes the quarantine from premises IP5 at the completion of the 21 day waiting period that followed the cleaning and disinfection process under CFIA oversight.

The information table for infected premises is updated.

The CFIA continues to issue permits for the movement of birds and bird products within the 10 km restricted zone and the Primary Control Zone as the zones remain in effect.

February 2, 2015

The province of British Columbia confirms the presence of avian influenza on a non-commercial farm. This new premises is IPNC-2 and is under quarantine.

January 29-31, 2015

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) attends the Pacific Agriculture Show in Abbotsford to provide the farming community and general public with information on the ongoing response to avian influenza in British Columbia and raise awareness of the importance of farm biosecurity.

The Agency continues surveillance activities related to the disposal of birds as well as cleaning and disinfection of barns, vehicles, equipment and tools on infected premises.

December 30 - January 8

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) participates in regular conference calls with the key industry associations to provide an update on the latest developments and the CFIA's ongoing response to the outbreak.

The Agency continues surveillance activities related to the disposal of birds and cleaning and disinfection of barns, vehicles, equipment and tools on infected premises.

December 29

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) continues to monitor the progress of disposal of birds and cleaning and disinfection of barns, vehicles, equipment and tools on infected premises.

A conference call is held with the key industry associations to provide an update on the latest developments and the CFIA's ongoing response to the outbreak.

December 23-28

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) continues to monitor the progress of disposal of birds and cleaning and disinfection of barns, vehicles, equipment and tools on infected premises.

December 22

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is working with the province of British Columbia and industry associations on ways to remind commercial operators and owners of backyard flocks of the importance of biosecurity and the need for movement permits.

December 20

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) completes the depopulation of birds at IPNC-01.

A conference call is held with the key industry associations to provide an update on the latest developments and the CFIA's ongoing response to the outbreak.

December 19

The province of British Columbia confirms the presence of avian influenza on a non-commercial farm. This new premises is IPNC-01.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) completes the depopulation of birds at IP11Footnote 1.

December 18

A conference call is held with the key industry associations to provide an update on the latest developments and the CFIA's ongoing response to the outbreak.

December 17

The province of British Columbia confirms the presence of avian influenza on one additional farm. This new premises is IP11Footnote 1.

December 16

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) completes the depopulation of birds at IP10Footnote 1.

December 15

A conference call is held with the key industry associations to provide an update on the latest developments and the CFIA's ongoing response to the outbreak.

December 14

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) completes the depopulation of birds at IP9Footnote 1.

December 13

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) completes the depopulation of birds at IP7Footnote 1 and IP8Footnote 1.

The province of British Columbia investigates a suspicion of avian influenza on one additional farm. This is later confirmed and the new premises is identified as IP10Footnote 1.

December 12

Conference calls are held with the key industry associations to provide an update on the latest developments and the CFIA's ongoing response to the outbreak.

December 11

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) completes the depopulation of birds at IP6Footnote 1.

The province of British Columbia confirms the presence of avian influenza on one additional farm. This new premises is IP9Footnote 1.

December 10

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture holds a technical briefing for the media to provide an update on the situation.

An additional barn located on one of the previously-identified infected sites (IP5Footnote 1) has been confirmed to have avian influenza. As this barn is legally considered a separate business entity, this additional barn is now considered to be IP6Footnote 1.

The province of British Columbia confirms the presence of avian influenza on two additional farms. These two new premises are IP7Footnote 1 and IP8Footnote 1. The province of British Columbia also notifies the CFIA of another farm where avian influenza is suspected.

The CFIA completes the depopulation of birds at IP5Footnote 1.

The CFIA continues its investigation to identify high risk premises in the Fraser Valley to minimize the risk of virus spread.

December 9

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) completes the depopulation of birds at IP4Footnote 1.

The Joint Emergency Operations Centre (JEOC) holds a number of townhall meetings to explain the primary control zone to each of the individual poultry sectors.

Application forms for movement permits are made available on CFIA's website.

Canada notifies the OIE regarding the establishment of the primary control zone in B.C.

The CFIA continues its investigation to identify high risk premises in the Fraser Valley to minimize the risk of virus spread.

December 8

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) begins depopulating the birds at IP4Footnote 1.

The CFIA establishes a primary control zone to prevent the spread of the virus.

The CFIA posts a web update on the investigation. A conference call is held with the key industry associations to provide an update on the latest developments and the CFIA's ongoing response to the outbreak.

The Agency, along with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, and the BC Ministry of Health hold a technical briefing for the media to provide an update on the situation.

The CFIA continues its investigation to identify high risk premises in the Fraser Valley to minimize the risk of virus spread.

The Canadian Chief Veterinary Officer informed his US counterpart about the declaration of the primary control zone and its boundaries. The boundaries of the zone are based on the Regulatory Cooperation Council agreement.

CFIA is working in collaboration with industry on the permit application and issuance process.

December 7

The National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease (NCFAD) confirms highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in samples taken at IP5Footnote 1.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) depopulates the birds at IP3Footnote 1.

The CFIA continues its investigation to identify high risk premises in the Fraser Valley to minimize the risk of virus spread.

December 6

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) places an additional site under quarantine following higher than normal mortality rates reported by a turkey producer located near Abbotsford, BC. Preliminary testing by the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture indicates the presence of avian influenza on a 5th site in the Fraser Valley (IP5)Footnote 1.

The CFIA collects samples from IP5Footnote 1 for confirmatory testing at the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease.

The CFIA depopulates the birds at IP2Footnote 1.

The CFIA posts a web update, including a timeline of events, on the investigation. A conference call is held with the key industry associations to provide an update on the latest developments and the CFIA's ongoing response to the outbreak.

The Agency, along with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, and the BC Ministry of Health hold a technical briefing for the media to provide an update on the situation.

December 5

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) depopulates the birds on one of the affected sites (IP1)Footnote 1 in the Fraser Valley.

The CFIA continues its investigation to identify high risk premises in the Fraser Valley to minimize the risk of virus spread.

Testing to confirm avian influenza and the strain at two sites (IP3 and IP4)Footnote 1 continues.

The Agency, along with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, and the BC Ministry of Health hold a technical briefing for the media to provide an update on the situation. The CFIA issues social media updates on the investigation.

A conference call is held with the key industry associations to provide an update on the latest developments and the CFIA's ongoing response to the outbreak.

December 4

Testing at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease confirms the strain causing the avian influenza outbreak on two sites (IP1 and IP2)Footnote 1 in the Fraser Valley is a highly-pathogenic (to poultry) H5N2 virus.

The CFIA continues its investigation to identify high risk premises in the Fraser Valley to minimize the risk of virus spread.

The CFIA issues a news release and social media updates on the investigation. The Agency, along with Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, and the BC Ministry of Health hold a technical briefing for the media to provide an update on the situation.

A conference call is held with the key industry associations to provide an update on the latest developments and the CFIA's ongoing response to the outbreak.

December 3

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) continues its investigation to identify high risk premises in the Fraser Valley to minimize the risk of virus spread.

The Agency notifies trading partner countries, via the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), that H5 avian influenza virus has been detected in BC's Fraser Valley.

The CFIA posts a web update on the investigation. The Agency, along with Public Health Agency of Canada, British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, and the BC Ministry of Health hold a technical briefing for the media to provide an update on the situation.

A conference call is held with the key industry associations to provide an update on the latest developments and the CFIA's ongoing response to the outbreak.

December 2

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) continues its investigation and as a result two additional sites (IP3 and IP4)Footnote 1 in the Fraser Valley are placed under quarantine.

Provincial samples obtained from the two originally implicated sites (IP1 and IP2)Footnote 1 are sent to the CFIA National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease for official confirmation.

The CFIA mobilizes national and regional emergency response teams.

The CFIA issues a news release. The Agency, along with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, and the BC Ministry of Health hold a technical briefing for the media to provide information on the situation.

December 1

The British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture (the Province) notifies the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) of the detection of H5 avian influenza virus at two sites in the Fraser Valley – a broiler breeder farm in Chilliwack (IP1Footnote 1) and a turkey farm in Abbotsford (IP2Footnote 1).

The sites are placed under quarantine by the CFIA.

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