Saturday, December 9, 2023

First case of AH5 avian influenza reported on a farm in Sonora

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported the first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza AH5, this time in a poultry production unit in Cajeme, Sonora.

In a statement released this Saturday, Agrikultura released a statement detailing that the case was detected by the technicians of the National Agri-Food Health, Safety, and Quality Service (Senasica).

When the official laboratory located in Hermosillo, Sonora, reported positive results for highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza, RT-PCR test technicians from the Mexico-United States Commission for the Prevention of Foot and Mouth Disease and Other Animal Diseases (CPA) in Senasica were mobilized to the area.

They explained that when on the scene, they made a diagnosis of the situation and began to use measures. anti-epidemic measures necessary to prevent the spread of the virus.

Among the first measures adopted, the General Directorate of Animal Health (DGSA) stated total definitive quarantine in the affected farm and in the state of Sonora in internal quarantine, which means that in order to move the birds from the poultry production units (UPA) of the entity, it is necessary to present a PCR test that shows that the disease is not present.

The DGSA reported that at this time, the Senasica laboratories are conducting the necessary tests to have more data on the virus affecting this UPA, which is that they will expose chickens previously vaccinated with the immunogen applied in the previous year.

Once the effectiveness of the biological protection of birds from the strain that entered this year is proven, Senasica will allow the strategic application of the vaccine, which starts in Sonora.

The vaccination strategy can start in the first days of November, in areas with a high risk of animal health and in farms dedicated to raising parents and reproductive chickens, because it is important to preserve the production of chicken meat and eggs for national supply.

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