Due to the presence of the outbreak of the Newcastle avian disease in the north of Costa Rica, health alerts were activated at the border and entry of poultry from the neighboring country has been banned.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agricultural Development in Panama (MIDA):
Health restrictions have been put in place In Guatemala as well as increased controls in three municipalities in Petén, after the presence of an outbreak of the virus at a poultry farm in Belize was reported.
A cordon has been set up in the municipalities of San Luis, Dolores and Benque Viejo, which are located in the vicinity of the affected areas in Belize. This measure seeks to control the smuggling of products of avian origin which may have been exposed to the virus and in this way prevent it from spreading to farms in the country.
The concern in the poultry sector is because the virus can be transmitted by contaminated smuggled eggs and by migratory birds and bird feces.
"The risk of the virus entering the country is high, due to poultry products entering illegally, therefore we are are demanding more border controls," said Marco Vinicio Solórzano, president of the Association of Egg Producers of Guatemala (APHG).
The National Health Service has reported that a total of 480,000 poultry animals were killed on Wednesday in 12 farms in the state of Guanajuato.
A press release of the National Health, Safety and Quality Service (SENASICA) reads:
The National Service of Health, Food Safety and Quality (SENASICA) reports that according to the operative carried out in order to contain an outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, AH7N3, in four municipalities of Guanajuato, up to February 19 789,500 have been vaccinated birds and a total of 480,000 slaughtered in the twelve affected farms.
It is the second such warning put out by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food in Guatemala in less than six months.
The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) in Mexico confirmed the appearance of the H7N3 virus on 8 January in the state of Aguascalientes and another outbreak on January 12 in Jalisco, noted an article in Prensalibre.com.
The government of Mexico will invest $7.8 million in the repopulation of poultry units affected by the strain of avian influenza AH7N3.
A press release from the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office reads:
Through the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), Mexico's government will invest 100 million pesos (7.8 million USD) for the repopulation of poultry units affected by avian influenza AH7N3.
Obtaining the appropriate health permits for Mexico enables Rican producers export more than 40,000 tons of eggs.
The outbreaks of avian influenza in the Aztec country motivated the sacrifice of 11 million birds, causing Mexican authorities to lift all restrictions on the importation of eggs, in order to meet domestic demand.
The Mediterrean Shipping Company Mexico has announced the activation of its system of alliances with Colombian and Costa Rican ports in order to give special attention to ships with refrigerated cargo of chicken and eggs.
Through the program the company is making available to Mexico their ship’s continental routes to aid in the supply of eggs and chicken in the face of effects of the outbreak of bird flu detected in the state of Jalisco.
The elimination of classical swine fever and avian salmonellosis has made the Aztec country a stronger competitor in pork and poultry in international markets.
A statement from the Trade Office of Costa Rica reads:
The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) declared Mexico free of avian salmonellosis and classical swine fever on 14 August.
Following the outbreak of bird flu, the price of eggs has shot up and the government has announced the opening of import quotas.
As a measure to achieve stability in the price of eggs, which recorded increases of up to 60%, the Ministry of Economy in Mexico has announced tighter controls on imports in order to prevent speculation.
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