Mexico arms itself against avian influenza
The Mexican government and the Mexican poultry industry are developing strategies to fight avian influenza. Mexico urges the United States and Canada to form a united front with them, in order to prevent outbreaks and massive damage to the industry.
Mexico plays an important role as a producer of eggs and broilers, making it all the more necessary to protect the poultry industry and strengthen health measures towards prevention.
The National Service for Agri-Food Health, Safety and Quality (SENASICA) and the National Union of Poultry Farmers (UNA) urge Mexican poultry producers to strictly maintain biosecurity and disease control on their farms, following the presence of avian influenza virus H5N8 and H5N2 in wild birds in the USA and Canada.
The agency of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) urges producers to report any suspicious disease immediately.
SENASICA also urges the general public, especially people who regularly come into contact with wildlife, to notify the Directorate General of Animal Health whenever they suspect a disease or come across any dead birds, whether it be wild birds, pets or broilers. People can call a free emergency phone number 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In addition, the government of Mexico will propose to the United States and Canada the creation of a special Health and Poultry Production Tri-Committee, which should consist of representatives of animal health services, producers and manufacturers in the industry of the three countries. Goal is protecting the sector using a regional approach, said the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture.
These actions were launched already before the Veterinary Services of the US confirmed that H5N8 and H5N2 subtypes of avian influenza were found in wild birds in Whatcom County in the state of Washington.
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