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Saskatchewan’s Minister of Agriculture issued an animal health order on Wednesday after confirming several cases of avian influenza (bird flu) in the province.

The order stands until Oct. 21, and prohibits the movement of birds to exhibitions, auctions, exhibitions, and any other event where birds from many places are gathered.

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After the status reaches the deadline, it will be reviewed and extended as needed.

A map on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website shows the control areas set up to reduce the spread of contamination, near Hepburn and Petrofka, north of Saskatoon.

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The department said the disease can affect food-producing birds such as chickens and turkeys, but it can also infect domestic animals and wild birds, and in rare cases, people.

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It added that effective measures such as preventing contact between poultry and wild birds, reducing visitors to warehouses, and regularly checking birds for signs of illness can help prevent the spread of the disease.

The CFIA has a list of disease prevention methods on its website, adding that producers who see unusual rates of disease or death should consult their local veterinarian.

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