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Montevideo, October 3rd 2023 - 15:25 UTC

Tag: Avian flu

  • Monday, July 31st 2023 - 10:44 UTC

    Avian flu: Contingency protocols activated in Ecuador

    Special teams have been placed under round-the-clock alert while a vaccination plan against the disease was extended

    Ecuadorian authorities have actuated contingency protocols after a new outbreak of avian influenza was confirmed in a commercial farm in the Andean province of Cotopaxi, the Agency for Regulation and Control of Animal and Plant Health (Agrocalidad) announced Sunday in Quito.

  • Wednesday, June 28th 2023 - 09:53 UTC

    Brazil reports first case of avian flu in farm bird

    Brazilian authorities insisted commercial production of chickens remains safe

    Brazilian authorities Tuesday confirmed the detection of the first case of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAI - H5N1) in a poultry bird in the municipality of Serra, in the State of Espírito Santo, but insisted commercial production remains safe. The South American country is the world's largest chicken exporter, with US$ 9.762 billion collected in 2022.

  • Wednesday, June 14th 2023 - 10:22 UTC

    What is killing the animals at Chile's Humboldt Reserve?

    Beyond bird flu, it is yet unknown whether the animals die of the El Niño current, climate change, or toxins in the sea

    Due to avian flu, what used to be a vacation spot in northern Chile full of tourists sighting the marine fauna has become the ground where sanitary brigades look for dead birds likely killed by the deadly virus following the closure of the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve, in the Coquimbo region.

  • Wednesday, May 3rd 2023 - 10:30 UTC

    Uruguay starts vaccinating poultry against avian flu

    The situation “is still in the area of wildlife and backyard poultry, it has not entered into any production system,” Mattos said

    Uruguayan authorities began vaccinating poultry against avian flu with immunizers from the United States, it was reported Tuesday in Montevideo. An additional batch of chemicals is due from Mexico shortly.

  • Wednesday, March 1st 2023 - 10:25 UTC

    Argentina halts poultry exports after case of avian flu confirmed

    Bahillo insisted the disease is not transmitted through the consumption of poultry meat or eggs so exporters would be able to sell their products locally

    Argentine authorities Tuesday suspended poultry exports after the first case of avian flu was confirmed in the province of Río Negro. The South American country's poultry exports last year amounted to US$ 383 million, with China buying 75% of them. With 2.5 million tons of poultry meat produced annually, 10% are sold abroad.

  • Saturday, February 18th 2023 - 10:24 UTC

    Uruguayan ministers tackle avian flu

    Less than 10 cases of avian flu had been registered in humans in the last 15 months, Salinas insisted

    Uruguay's Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture, and Fisheries (MGAP) sought technical advice from Chile to handle the current bird flu crisis, it was reported Friday in Montevideo.

  • Saturday, February 11th 2023 - 15:48 UTC

    Brazil, free of avian flu, so far, exported a record 421.000 tons of poultry meat in January

    Revenue from the record shipments reached US$ 856.6 million, that is 38.9% higher than that of January 2022.

    With poultry prices soaring (a dozen of eggs in California reached eight dollars, yes eight dollars and climbing) because of the intense culling of millions of chickens caused by the avian flu, no wonder then than poultry meat exports from Brazil during January reached 420.900 tons, up 20.6% compared to the same period of the previous year and a record for the month, claimed the ABPA (Brazilian Association of Animal Protein) this week.

  • Tuesday, February 7th 2023 - 10:22 UTC

    Emergency in Brazil as avian flu outbreak reported in neighboring Bolivia; poultry exports total US$ 9,7billion

    The outbreak in Cochabamba, Bolivia, caused an uproar in Brazil, as it means that the virus has crossed the Andes Mountains, which is considered a natural barrier

    After two decades, the highly pathogenic (when almost all infected animals show symptoms of the disease) avian flu has become a real threat to Brazilian flocks and production. Nine countries in Central and South America have confirmed 75 outbreaks of the disease in recent months and have already had to sacrifice 1.2 million birds.

  • Monday, January 16th 2023 - 10:16 UTC

    Avian flu emergency decreed in Honduras

    Suazo said the decree complied with international regulations

    Honduran authorities have declared a 90-day nationwide health alert following an outbreak of avian influenza among pelicans, it was announced in Tegucigalpa. About 40,000 poultry were also evaluated and no signs of the malady were detected, it was also reported.

  • Thursday, January 12th 2023 - 11:20 UTC

    First human patient with avian flu reported in Ecuador

    The consumption of chicken and eggs poses no risk to human health, the authorities insisted

    Ecuadorian health authorities have confirmed the first case of avian influenza in a human patient. The Ministry of Public Health (MSP) announced it was a 9-year-old girl who had been in contact with infected birds in the province of Bolivar.

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