PEI Poultry Emergency Response: The First 48 Hours

If you suspect a disease outbreak in your poultry flock, it is important to take the necessary steps to minimize and prevent the spread of disease within your flock and to other flocks or susceptible birds. The following is a series of actions to take within the first 48 hours.


  • Contact your veterinarian, providing a complete description of the problem. Include the time of onset, duration, and whether the problem is worsening or resolving over time. Offer your suspicions as to what the problem might be.
  • If a FAD is suspected, contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Provincial Veterinarian immediately.
  • Contact your board or association so that they may take the necessary steps to help protect your industry.
  • Inform family members and employees of the situation.
  • Inform and document all services that have visited the farm in the previous 48 hours.


  • Implement self-quarantine.
  • Suspend all unnecessary traffic and cancel all service visits to the farm. Require phone ahead arrangements for deliveries/pickups. Restrict the movement of equipment and personnel from farm to farm.
  • Reschedule vaccinations, when possible, until after farm has been cleared of suspected disease status
  • Service unaffected barns first or dedicate a specific employee to the affected barn(s).
  • Change your clothing and footwear prior to leaving the farm premises and use appropriate exit protocol.
  • Postpone all movement of birds on and off farm.
  • Ensure that a visitor log is in place.


  • Gather all relevant documents, including health records and copies of production and mortality records.
  • Review and list the on farm traffic, visitors, and bird movement during the previous 21 days.


For additional in-depth information and actions to take prior to confirmation of a suspected foreign animal disease (FAD), please refer to the PEI Poultry (FAD) Emergency Response Resource Manual.

Contact Information:

PEI Poultry Response Team
  During Business Hours After Business Hours
Provincial Veterinarian 902-368-5660 / 902-368-4880 902-628-7072
CFIA 902-566-7290 1-506-381-763
Chicken Farmers of PEI 902-218-1872  
Egg Producers of PEI 902-892-8401  
PEI Purebred Poultry Fanciers Association 902-940-4302  
Turkey Producers 902-629-9817  


Published date: 
December 4, 2017
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