OTTAWA– A report by the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) stated that highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza (HPAI) was detected at a farm in Newfoundland, Canada.

The cases were first confirmed on Dec. 19 and the OIE was notified on Dec. 22. 

“Phylogenic analysis indicates this virus corresponds to the Eurasian lineage circulating in 2021,” OIE said.

Numbers from the report showed that the virus affected “non-poultry including wild birds.” 

At the exhibition farm, 419 birds were identified with 360 dead and 59 remaining birds that were euthanized. 

OIE stated that the farm used control measures like disinfection and disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste. A protection zone around the farm of three kilometers was also set up along with a 10-kilometer surveillance zone. 

“Wildlife surveillance as well as the Canadian Avian Influenza Surveillance System (CanNAISS) activities for poultry are ongoing in Canada,” the report added.