Avian Influenza is continuing to devastate the Mexican poultry industry with some reports stating that two million birds have now been destroyed.
According to the last notification report of the OIE dated 28th February, there are 11 reported outbreaks in the Guanajuato region with over 1 million susceptible birds confirmed. However, there are fears that the number is growing ostensibly and the impact will soon be felt on the market as was the case last year, when prices sky-rocketed as a result of an AI outbreak.
The eleven production units include five commercial layer farms, one broiler farm and five breeder farms.
The country’s National Service of Health, Food Safety and Quality (SENASICA) is planning on applying about 210 million doses of AH7N3 vaccines per month in nine states across the country in order to prevent further outbreaks.
Vaccination of breeders, table egg layers and broilers has been set as a priority and the goal is to vaccinate poultry in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala, Michoacán, Morelos, Coahuila, Puelbla and Querétaro, in order to ensure timely delivery to domestic and foreign markets.
Officials are also particularly concerned about keeping the disease from spreading to the nearby state of Jalisco, Mexico’s top egg-producing state.