Avian Flu Outbreaks Discovered in Mexico

12 April 2016, at 12:00am

MEXICO - Nineteen outbreaks of H7N3 highly pathogenic avian influenza have been discovered in Mexico.

Three of the outbreaks occurred on backyard premises, and the rest occurred on farms, in Veracruz, Puebla and Jalisco provinces.

Tests confirmed infection on some initially suspected premises, some of which had already been depopulated, and active surveillance found further infected farms. Some of the infected farms did not show any clinical signs, whilst others showed high mortality.

One of the outbreaks affected captive-reared wild birds - 25 Indian peafowl, which all died.

The rest of the outbreaks killed around 14,000 birds and approximately another 145,000 were destroyed to prevent the outbreak from spreading.

An epidemiological investigation into the outbreaks is ongoing. Movement controls, disinfection, quarantines and zoning have all been enacted to control the spread of the disease.

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