The latest case of the highly pathonegenic avian influenza in Saskatchewan was found just south of Moose Jaw in the RM of Baildon.

On the CFIA website it states it was found on a commercial poultry operation.

The Manager at the colony Peter Hofer says he wants to clarify the situation. 

"We have a duck operation where we raise ducks for our own personal consumption. The ducks did get infected with this bird flu, but with the protocols that we use in our commercial flock of layering hens there is no sign of the disease there."

He notes the laying hen operation is being monitored by the CFIA day-by-day to make sure it stays that way and there is no concern for the eggs coming from the colony.

He stresses they have very strict biosecurity protocols in place, are monitoring the birds closely and there is no sign of the disease in their laying hens.

Currently eight cases have been found in Saskatchewan. 

With the increased risk of avian influenza, Saskatchewan's Chief Veterinary Officer has issued a new animal health control order limiting the co-mingling of poultry.

The order prohibits the movement to and participation of birds in shows, auctions and agricultural fairs, as well as any other events where birds would be brought together from multiple locations.

Saskatchewan's new animal health control order is in effect until May 14, 2022.

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