Colombia confirms 22 avian influenza outbreaks since Oct. 19

Outbreaks were identified in backyard flocks near wild birds
calendar icon 5 December 2022
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According to a recent epidemiological report from the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), between October 19 and November 30, the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) identified 22 HPAI A(H5N1) outbreaks. 

Of the total number of outbreaks, five were identified in a rural area of Cartagena District in Bolívar Department, seven were identified in rural and peri-urban areas of Acandí Municipality in Chocó Department, and four were identified in a rural area of Cereté Municipality. 

Two were identified in a rural area of Lórica Municipality in Córdoba Department, one in El Retén Municipality in Magdalena Department, and two in a rural area of Los Toluviejo Municipality in Sucre Department. 

The outbreaks have been identified in backyard birds that had contact with wild birds traveling along migratory routes to the south of the continent. 

To date, no confirmed cases of avian influenza A(H5N1) have been identified in humans in the identified outbreaks.

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