Low-path Avian Flu Virus Detected in Imported Birds in Mexico25 March 2014
MEXICO - A flock of imported parakeets in north-eastern Mexico has tested positive for the H7N3 sub-type of the avian flu virus.
The veterinary authority sent an Immediate Report dated 22 March to the World Organisation for Animal Health.
The report outlines the detection of a low-pathogenic avian influenza virus on a farm with exotic birds in Pesqueria in the state of Nuevo Leon on 13 February. All 1,987 birds were destroyed and the outbreak was described as 'resolved' on 28 February.
Following the epidemiological surveillance activities on notifiable avian influenza within the national poultry farming and in poultry for import, the report says that low-pathogenic avian influenza subtype H7N3 virus has been identified in a lot of monk parakeets (Myiopsitta M. monachus) imported from South America, using virus identification test, virus isolation, intracerebral pathogenicity index (ICPI) and gene sequencing.
Birds have been quarantined and depopulation, washing, cleaning and disinfection activities as well as the introduction of sentinel birds have been implemented in the affected production unit.
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