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News release: March 17, 2023

Suspected cases of Avian Influenza detected in Peel Region

Brampton, ON. (March 17, 2023) – Avian influenza is suspected in Brampton and the Town of Caledon after a number of dead birds have been found in recent days. Avian flu is primarily transmitted through the wild bird population but can be transmitted to commercial poultry and other mammals. Rarely, avian influenza may also spread to people. The risk of bird-to-human transmission is low.

Testing is being conducted by the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative to determine the cause of death in each of the two events. In Brampton, the birds were found at Professor’s Lake. Within the Town of Caledon, the dead birds were found in a pond near Coleraine Dr. and Harvest Moon Dr. and Town staff have closed a nearby trail.

To limit the spread of avian flu and protect the health and safety of residents and pets, Peel Public Health is providing the following advice:

The risk of avian flu spreading to humans is extremely rare. There are no indicators of increasing risk to the general public at this time. Additional details will be provided as they become available. More information on avian flu can be found on the Ministry of Health's website.

While avian influenza is a threat to birds, the risk to humans is very low. Most cases of human avian flu have been traced to handling infected poultry or their droppings. Residents are asked to follow the recommended guidance to limit the spread of avian flu and protect the health and safety of residents and pets.

Dr. Nicholas Brandon, Acting Medical Officer of Health, Peel Public Health

Media contact

Jason Ritchie
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel

About Peel's transition

The Ontario government announced the dissolution of Peel Region and the establishment of a Transition Board (TB) as part of Bill 112. The Transition Board was appointed to provide recommendations to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on a range of restructuring matters related to the dissolution of Peel Region to make Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon independent municipalities by January 1, 2025.

To learn about the Transition Board, how it will make these recommendations, and to provide feedback to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, visit Ontario's Peel Region Transition Board website.

During our transition, Peel remains committed to providing services to residents and businesses. For information about our transition, visit Peel's transition website.

About Peel Region

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