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No new cases of HPAI in Nunatsiavut Wild Birds

by pmnationtalk on June 13, 202422 Views

The Nunatsiavut Government and its partners are continuing to monitor for the spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in wild birds. As of June 10, 2024, there has been no confirmed cases of HPAI since the last update in May 2022. All sampled birds have tested negative.

Nunatsiavut Government is working with the Provincial Department of Fisheries & Land Resources and Environment and Climate Change Canada to monitor for presence of HPAI. Wild birds, especially waterfowl, are natural carriers of influenza viruses. They are not always affected by the disease, but can still transmit it to other wild birds and vulnerable domestic birds.

Signs that a bird may have HPAI include: nervousness, tremors or lack of coordination, swelling around the head, neck and eyes, lack of energy or movement, coughing, gasping for air or sneezing, diarrhea or sudden death.

Members of the public should not handle dead, sick or birds exhibiting strange behaviour. If contact with wild birds is unavoidable, wear gloves or use a doubled plastic bag and avoid contact with wild bird body fluids and feces.

It is considered safe to hunt, handle, and eat healthy game birds. There is no evidence to suggest that properly cooked game birds are a source of avian influenza infection for people. Wear gloves when preparing harvested birds. Thoroughly clean contaminated surfaces on tools, work areas, and clothing. Do not eat, drink, or smoke while handling raw or other game products.

If residents encounter birds acting strangely or dead birds, they are encouraged to report sightings directly to their local Conservation Officer.

To report a sighting or dead bird, please contact:

Emma-Rose Errol Samantha David Joseph
Ian Winters Wolfrey/Tony Dean McLean
Murphy Andersen Pilgrim Townley
922-2942 933-3337 923-2365 479-9763 947-3383 896-8582 497-8725
Nain Hopedale Makkovik Postville Rigolet HVGB NWR


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