The State Representation of the Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development, in coordination with Senasica, issued an alert to the poultry sector in Baja California, especially to producers, marketers, and owners of pet birds, given the confirmation of the first outbreak of High Avian Influenza (AAP) in the city of Cajeme, Sonora.
The representative of the Federal Agency of the State, Eng. Juan Manuel Martínez Nez, reports that from the epidemiological surveillance carried out by the Secretariat through the technical personnel of the National Service of Health, Safety, and Agri-Food Quality (Senasica), this first case of avian influenza can be detected in that area.
He commented that in this situation, it is important that chicken farmers throughout the state remain alert and constantly monitor their production units to prevent the entry of the disease or, if appropriate, to know it at the right time.
He clarified that the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPA) is a disease that can cause great economic losses in the poultry sector due to its rapid spread and ease of travel to other regions.
The official explained that the call is also addressed to the general population that owns backyard birds (family farms), commercial birds, captive pet birds (parakeets, cockatoos, etc.), and wild birds.
On the other hand, the Secretary of Agriculture explained that, in coordination with Senasica and the United States Mexico Commission for the Prevention of Foot and Mouth Disease and Other Exotic Animal Diseases (CPA), they are in a state of alert and are implementing the highest preventive actions with the aim of preventing the entry of the disease.
The CPA State Coordinator of Baja California, MVZ Ana Tllez Pérez, said that some of these actions are focused on implementing, maintaining, and strengthening possible biosecurity measures to prevent the flu from entering the farm. In addition, to prevent the entry of animals from this affected production area, as well as from other countries, regions, and companies with positive cases of avian influenza,
Due to this situation, the federal agency requests that poultry farmers and bird owners in the state be notified immediately if they observe high bird mortality or a purple or bruised color of the tip and chin of affected birds, in addition to fever, depression, lack of appetite, sneezing, runny nose, diarrhea, hair loss, tremors, weakness, incoordination, and suffocation of their family or commercial products, as well as seeing dead wild birds everywhere in Baja California.
It determines that the CPA and SENASICA are the federal agencies in charge of monitoring, responding to notifications, and controlling this situation. Its responsibilities are to investigate, diagnose, and prevent outbreaks of avian influenza in wild birds and domestic birds (poultry); these activities are free.
Finally, he added that in any case of suspicion, you can contact the CPA State Coordinator of Baja California, the MVZ Ana Tllez Pérez, on the cell phone (686) 243-29-22 or the emergency number: (800) 751-2100. In addition, from Monday to Friday, you can call (55) 5905 1000 extension 5123651242, or you can generate your notifications through the AVISE App platform (Google Play, App Store).