1 million chickens culled in outbreak of H7N3 bird flu in Mexico

July 6, 2012 MEXICO - An outbreak of the H7N3 bird flu virus in western Mexico has infected about 2.5 million chickens and led authorities to destroy or dispose of almost a million birds. The country’s Agriculture Department said 129 farms in the western state of Jalisco have been inspected. Flu was confirmed in birds at 24 of the sites and tests continued on most of the rest. The farms in question have been placed under quarantine, the department said in a statement. The outbreak has caused increases in the price of chicken and egg products in Mexico. –AP 
Concern mounts crisis could spread: Poultry farmers in Belize, especially in border areas near Mexico, are being asked to step up their bio-security measures as the Belize Agricultural Health Authority has placed a national poultry health alert following Mexico officially reporting a major outbreak of highly pathogenic H7N3 Avian Influenza (“Bird Flu”). The outbreak has hit three commercial poultry layer farms in the central Mexican state of Jalisco and Belizean authorities have announced that precautionary measures are being taken and border controls along the Belize/Mexico border are being strengthened. However, in a bid not to create panic and drive down sales, authorities are sending the message that poultry products are safe for human consumption.  “The disease rarely affects humans and requires direct contact with sick birds. In humans, the disease causes conjunctivitis and mild flu symptoms. The outbreak in Mexico started on June 13, 2012. In total, over one million birds are believed to be susceptible across the three farms and over 200,000 have already died from the outbreak. A further 60,000 have been destroyed. The sick birds showed signs of weakness, poor alertness, difficulty in breathing, were lying on their side and had drooping wings prior to death,” stated officials. Other countries in the region, Guatemala in particular, have also called national alerts and are strengthening their surveillance and diagnostic programs for Avian Influenza. Control measures being applied in Mexico include: movement controls on poultry and poultry products; official sampling in commercial poultry farms, backyard poultry farms, and poultry markets; assessment of biosecurity and good livestock practices; and depopulation of affected farms. This outbreak in Mexico is considered a threat to Belize and the region due to a previous major outbreak in Mexico (in the period 1993 – 1996) where the disease became endemic and also spilled over into Guatemala and El Salvador. –Caribbean 360
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7 Responses to 1 million chickens culled in outbreak of H7N3 bird flu in Mexico

  1. Clare says:

    I remember when the ?H1N1 bird flu broke out in Mexico…. was there some question then about a large pharmaceutical company working in that part of the country – suddenly a worldwide pandemic was called and hey presto the pharmaceutical companies had a vaccine almost immediatley ready? How convenient!

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  2. All about the money.

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  3. wendy says:

    By going VEGAN, all of this could be avoided. But because humans DON’T evolve to realize there are different and better ways of living, all of this sadness, and human stupidity continues. Humans choose blindness and ignorance rather than actively “look” for ways to change for the better. The only victim here are the chickens. Humans choose their behaviors. If one word could be studied by the mass’s it should be the word “awareness”.

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  4. John says:

    One million chickens can’t be wrong. :-)

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  5. Emanni says:

    Parasite tied to self-harm, suicide attempts

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/06/us-parasite-tied-to-self-harm-suicide-at-idUSBRE8650YL20120706

    (Reuters Health) – Women who are infected with a common parasite may be more likely to hurt themselves or attempt suicide, a new study of over 45,000 new moms in Denmark suggests.

    The infection, known as toxoplasmosis, is caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii.

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  6. Emanni says:

    Biological Hazard
    Thursday, 12 July, 2012
    USA
    State of Texas
    Hueco Mountains in El Paso
    N 31° 57.190, W 106° 1.115

    First cases of Chronic Wasting Disease found in Texas deer

    http://www.ketknbc.com/news/first-cases-of-chronic-wasting-disease-found-in-texas-deer

    Samples from two mule deer recently taken in far West Texas have been confirmed positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
    CWD is a member of the group of diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). Other diseases in this group include scrapie in sheep, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or mad cow disease) in cattle, and Cruetzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans

    Brain-Destroying Disease Found in West Texas Deer

    http://www.cbs7kosa.com/news/details.asp?ID=35836

    The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is confirming that two mule deer shot in the Hueco Mountains in El Paso, Texas and Hudspeth counties tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, an incurable, fatal illness that destroys a deer’s brain.

    This is the first cases to be documented in Texas and is bringing the issue of containing herds of animals that have the disease into the spotlight.

    CWD can spread quickly from animal to animal through bodily fluids like saliva, urine, etc.

    Can chronic wasting disease jump

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