ARCHIVED - Timeline of Events - Notifiable Avian Influenza - Ontario – 2016

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November 30

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

There have been no additional reports of avian influenza elsewhere in Canada.

September 20

The CFIA removes the quarantine on the Infected Premises, following completion of the 21 day waiting period that followed cleaning and disinfection under CFIA oversight.

August 16

The CFIA removes the Avian Influenza Control Zone. Commercial and non-commercial farms from the zone are released from quarantine.

The quarantine on the infected premises remains in place. It will be removed upon completion of the 21-day waiting period that follows cleaning and disinfection of the infected premises under CFIA oversight.

July 24

The CFIA completes biological heat treatment of the compost at the infected premises. This includes ensuring the compost pile has reached the proper temperature and time requirements to kill the virus.

July 15

The CFIA issues a statement providing an update on the investigation.

July 14

On-site composting operations at the infected premises begins. All surveillance sampling continues to be negative for avian influenza.

July 12

Canada's Chief Veterinary Officer provides update to major trading partners

July 10

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

The CFIA completes humane depopulation of the birds on the single infected premises.

July 9

The CFIA continues its investigation.

The CFIA conducts surveillance testing on identified high-risk contact premises. To date, all test results are negative.

July 8

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

The Agency notifies the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) that H5N2 has been confirmed.

July 7

High-risk contact premises are placed under quarantine as a precautionary measure.

The CFIA confirms the virus is low pathogenic H5 avian influenza.

The CFIA notifies national industry associations, the Council of Chief Veterinary Officers and key international trading partners.

The CFIA issues a statement confirming the strain as low pathogenic H5 avian influenza.

July 6

The National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease confirms the presence of H5 avian influenza on a duck farm near St. Catharine's, Ontario.

The CFIA initiates its notifiable avian influenza response plan.

The infected premises is placed under quarantine.

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