Mexican Bird Flu Outbreak Cost Industry 8,615 Million Pesos

MEXICO - Latest analysis from the Mexican Poultry Association (UNA) says that damage to the poultry industry from the recent bird flu outbreak has cost over 8,615 million pesos - around US$860 million.
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Over 22.3 milion birds have been officially slaughtered, and 7,688 jobs lost.

President of UNA, Crivelli Jaime Espinoza said that the cost to the industry came from decreased egg production, a fall in income and subsequently a loss in jobs.

The study was conducted on behalf of UNA by the Associate Economics Group and is entitled: Ecomonic and Production Impacts of Avian Influenza in Los Altos in Jalisco.

The outbreak not only affected the poultry industry, but also the whole country, as egg prices rocketed.

Mr Espinoza said the industry must now work together with the authorities, as was done during the outbreak, to compensate as soon as possible those who have suffered.

The Mexican poultry industry is working hard to keep egg production up to guarantee supply, and beginning to repopulate flocks.

Mr Espinoza has said that the government's support is crucial in helping the Mexican poultry industry recover to previous production levels.

Charlotte Johnson

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