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Thursday, January 10, 2013


The Mexican government said yesterday they addressed and resolved an outbreak of bird flu "highly pathogenic" in the state of Aguascalientes, in the center-north of the country, after the slaughter of 284,755 birds on two farms affected.  

The Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement that a producer of Aguascalientes reported Jan. 3 to the National Service of Health, Food Safety and Quality (Senasica) of increased mortality with clinical suspicion of avian influenza in a poultry farm in the municipality San Francisco de los Romo.  Immediately, more than 30 technical Senasica moved to the area to identify the cause of the mortality of hens and the level of involvement, said the ministry.  He added that Senasica laboratories in western state of Jalisco and Mexico City yesterday confirmed the presence of two farms with AH7N3 virus genetic sequence 99% similar to that presented in June last year in the region of Los Altos de Jalisco, so we proceeded immediately to the slaughter of 284,755 hens.  

The Senasica reported continuing epidemiological surveillance work and that there are six million doses of vaccine to immediately start inoculating birds in focal and perifocal area of ​​the outbreak.  Among the measures implemented to prevent the spread of the virus is the establishment of seven checkpoints and internal inspection on avian influenza to prevent the mobilization of live birds, their products and by-products, no official control.  The Secretariat Agricultrura, which depends on Senasica, said "as befits the international protocol on the matter, the fact was reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), based in Paris . "  On 24 October, the Mexican government announced that the outbreak of bird flu that emerged in mid-2012 in Jalisco was "totally controlled".  Among the measures adopted highlights the sacrifice of 22.3 million birds, the establishment of a sanitary cordon and the development and implementation of 140 million doses of a vaccine against the disease. - La Informacion [Translated].
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