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Yellow Biosecurity Status

Date: February 11, 2021
Category: Industry Update

February 11, 2021

Due to the recent detection of velogenic Paramyxovirus in wild pigeons along the harbour in North Vancouver (see below), the worsening AI situation in Europe and Asia, and British Columbia’s Covid restrictions, the BC Poultry Association is recommending that growers remain on yellow biosecurity status.
The situation will be reviewed in another six weeks or so.

The note below accompanied the February 9th disease notification from the provincial vet lab:
“….. disease notification regarding a recent detection of velogenic Paramyxovirus in wild pigeons along the harbour in North Vancouver. Pigeons and cormorants are considered to be reservoirs of paramyxovirus so this detection is not surprising. As long as this stays in the wild bird population we’re good, but the BC poultry industry cannot afford to have this virus enter and be detected in a commercial flock. Answer…. BIOSECURITY!”

December 4, 2020:

Due to the rapid spread of high path avian influenza (AI) in Europe and Asia and Covid-19 restriction complications, the BC Poultry Association (BCPA) is recommending that all BC chicken growers move from green to yellow biosecurity status.
The BCPA will review the situation in four to six weeks.

Learn more about yellow biosecurity status here.