Bird movement rules lifted in B.C.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has lifted the restrictions placed on the movement of poultry in British Columbia.

It’s been more than a month since avian influenza was last detected on a British Columbia poultry operation, and permits are no longer required for movement of birds and bird products within the province.

International requirements are still in place , which restrict all exports.

The CFIA established the primary control zones in January in an attempt to stop the spread.

Almost 250,000 birds have tested positive for avian influenza and been destroyed to try and eliminate the disease since the outbreak Dec. 1.

Surveillance by the CFIA has not detected the H5N2 and H5N1 strains of the virus in domestic poultry since Feb. 2.

All infected premises have been cleaned and disinfected. Three of the 11 premises are under quarantine for the remainder of their 21-day quarantine period to satisfy international requirements.

Surveillance testing of domestic poultry will be conducted throughout B.C. for 90 days following the completion of cleaning and disinfection of all infected premises.

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