The number of Avian Influenza cases continues to climb.

Saskatchewan's Chief Veterinary Officer has issued an Animal Health Order limiting the transport and comingling of poultry in the province.

The Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza or "bird flu" affects food-producing birds including chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, and quails, as well as pet and wild birds. 

The goal of this Animal Health Order is to limit the spread of the virus to new flocks.

The order prohibits the movement to and participation of birds in shows, auctions, and agricultural fairs, as well as any other events where birds would be brought together from multiple locations.

Producers are encouraged to take active measures by preventing contact between poultry and wild birds, limiting visitors to barns, using barn-specific clothing and footwear, and regularly monitoring birds for signs of illness.

The Animal Health Order issued this week remains in place until  October 21st.