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October 8

Canada notifies the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) that Ontario is free of notifiable avian influenza (AI). This declaration is based on the completion of a three-month enhanced surveillance period following the successful eradication of AI and the cleaning and disinfection of all the previously infected premises with no AI detections.

There have been no additional reports of AI elsewhere in Canada.

July 29

The CFIA removes the final Avian Influenza Control Zone located in the counties of Oxford and Waterloo, Ontario. The quarantine on IP2 is removed 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.

Permits are no longer required for the movement of birds and bird products in Ontario.

A 3-month enhanced surveillance period following the cleaning and disinfection of all IPs is required by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) before  a zone will recover its avian influenza free status.

July 20

The CFIA removes the first Avian Influenza Control Zone located in Oxford County, Ontario. The quarantine on IP1 is removed at the completion of the 21 day waiting period that followed cleaning and disinfection process under CFIA oversight.

The quarantine on IP3 is also removed. However, the quarantine on IP2 remains in place. As such, the second Avian Influenza Control Zone remains in effect. The CFIA continues to issue permits for the movement of birds and bird products from this zone.

The information table for infected premises is updated.

July 14

Cleaning and disinfection under CFIA oversight was completed on IP1 and IP3 on June 29, and on IP2 on July 8.

A 21 day waiting period is in effect before quarantines can be removed.

If no new detections of avian influenza are reported during the waiting period, the quarantines for the first Avian Influenza Control Zone will be removed on July 20 and the second Avian Influenza Control Zone on July 29.

April 26

The CFIA completes humane depopulation of birds on IP3.

April 24

The CFIA notifies national industry associations and key international trading partners of IP3.

The CFIA confirms the subtype and strain of the virus on IP3 is highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza.

April 23

The Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph notifies the CFIA of the detection of presumptive H5 avian influenza at a turkey farm in Oxford County, Ontario. This is IP3.

The premises has been under quarantine since April 19, 2015 and is part of the second avian influenza control zone.

Samples from the affected farm are sent to the CFIA National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease (NCFAD) for official confirmation.

April 21

The CFIA establishes a second Avian Influenza Control Zone.

The CFIA continues its investigation to identify premises in the area that will need to be placed under precautionary quarantine to minimize the risk of virus spread.

April 20

The CFIA completes humane depopulation of birds on IP2.

The CFIA continues its investigation.

April 19

The CFIA confirms the subtype and strain of the virus on IP2 is highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza.

The CFIA has begun its investigation to identify premises in the area that will need to be placed under precautionary quarantine to minimize the risk of virus spread.

The CFIA holds a technical briefing for the media and a conference call with key industry stakeholders to provide an update on the situation.

April 18

The Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph notifies the CFIA of the detection of presumptive H5 avian influenza at a chicken farm in Oxford County, Ontario. This is IP2.

The premises is placed under quarantine.

Samples from the affected farm are sent to the CFIA National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease (NCFAD) for official confirmation.

The CFIA notifies national industry associations and key international trading partners.

The CFIA issues a news release.

April 14 - 17

The CFIA continues its investigation.

The CFIA conducts surveillance testing in the Avian Influenza Control Zone. To date, all test results are negative.

Trade resumes with some countries based on continued effective Avian Influenza Control Zone measures and additional certification requirements.

The Agency participates in regular conference calls with key stakeholders to provide updates on the latest developments and the CFIA's ongoing response to the outbreak.

April 13

Trade with the United States for poultry and poultry products outside of the Avian Influenza Control Zone resumes. Exporters are advised to contact their local CFIA office before proceeding to the border to ensure they meet export requirements.

April 12

The CFIA announces the establishment of an Avian Influenza Control Zone.

The Agency holds a technical briefing for the media to provide information on the situation.

April 11

The United States agrees to recognize Canada's proposed 10 km radius zoning for hatching eggs, day-old chicks and poults.

April 10

The CFIA completes depopulation of birds on the infected premises.

April 9

The United States places temporary restrictions on birds, hatching eggs, raw poultry meat, raw eggs and egg products, raw animal products and by-products from Ontario.

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

April 8

The CFIA confirms the subtype and strain of the virus is highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza.

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

The Agency notifies the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) that the H5N2 avian influenza virus has been confirmed in Southern Ontario.

Some Countries impose temporary restrictions on hatching eggs, live birds, poultry and poultry products from either Oxford County, Ontario, or Canada.

The CFIA posts web updates on the investigation. The CFIA holds a technical briefing for the media to provide information on the situation.

April 7

The CFIA conducts further testing to confirm pathogenicity, the precise subtype and strain of the virus.

The CFIA mobilizes emergency response teams.

Six additional premises in the area are placed under quarantine as a precautionary measure.

A conference call is held with the provincial chief veterinary officers to provide information on the CFIA's response to the outbreak.

The CFIA holds a technical briefing for the media to provide information on the situation.

April 6

Samples from the affected farm are sent to the CFIA National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease (NCFAD) for official confirmation.

Two premises are placed under quarantine by the CFIA – the affected farm and a neighboring farm.

The CFIA notifies national industry associations and key international trading partners.

The CFIA and the Province of Ontario issue a joint news release.

April 5

The Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph notifies the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) of the detection of presumptive H5 avian influenza at a turkey farm near Woodstock, Ontario.

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