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On Sunday, April 24, 2022, a backyard poultry premises in the Regional District of Central Okanagan was confirmed positive for high pathogenicity H5 avian influenza (AI).

AI viruses can be classified into 2 categories: low pathogenicity (LPAI) and high pathogenicity (HPAI) viruses, based on the severity of the illness caused in birds. In Canada, highly pathogenic avian influenza (subtypes H5 and H7) viruses are considered to be Notifiable Avian Influenza, which is a reportable disease under the Health of Animals Act. All cases must be reported to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

More information about this information release from the Ministry of Agriculture can be found here.