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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 1:38 am 
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Avian Influenza detected at a couple of farms in Spanish Lookout
Friday, January 16, 2015.

BMG: A coordinated effort is now underway in the Cayo district to contain what has been described as a “limited outbreak” of Type ‘A’ Avian Influenza in poultry at two farms in Spanish Lookout.

According to a press release from the Belize Agricultural Health Authority, BAHA, immediate steps were taken to prohibit poultry and poultry products from exiting the two farms when the viral disease was detected.

The BAHA release says that samples have been sent to a reference laboratory in the United States for confirmation and sub-typing.

In the meantime, BAHA says that “there are very little clinical signs in the affected birds and this suggests a low pathogenic infection.”

As a result of the detention of the Type A Avian Influenza at the two farms in Spanish Lookout, the Ministry of Agriculture is encouraging commercial and backyard poultry farmers across the country to “step up their bio-security measures and to notify BAHA of any unusual occurrence in their flocks.”

It is not yet known what is the origin of the disease reaching the two farms in Spanish Lookout, but in this early stage of the investigation of the occurrence, experts believe that wild bird migration is the most likely source of the infection.

In the meantime, Belizean consumers are assured by BAHA that poultry meat and eggs are safe for human consumption.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 5:54 am 
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Avian Flu Detected in Cayo
It was confirmed today that the Avian Influenza Type A has been detected in two poultry farms in the Spanish Lookout area, Cayo District. BAHA says the outbreak is limited and that measures have been put in place to prevent the poultry and poultry products from leaving the farms. BAHA is also mentoring other farms. While there is no need for alarm, BAHA advises commercial and backyard poultry farmers across the country to step up their bio security measures and to notify BAHA of any unusual occurrence in their flocks. BAHA also says that poultry meat and eggs are safe for human consumption. The agency further says that along its partners all the necessary measures to address this disease outbreak are in place. It is suspected that wild bird migration is the most likely source of the infection.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 6:04 am 
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As a result of BAHA’S active surveillance for Avian Influenza, a limited outbreak of Avian Influenza Type A in poultry has been detected in two (2) farms in Spanish Lookout. Containment measures already in effect prohibit poultry and poultry products from exiting the affected farms. There are very little clinical signs in the affected birds and this suggests a low pathogenic infection . BAHA has heightened its surveillance at all other poultry farms.

Samples have been sent to a reference laboratory in the USA for confirmation and subtyping. BAHA expects to have the results in 4 days. Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.BAHA, Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture, Ministry of Health and the Poultry Industry are collaborating in a coordinated response against this limited outbreak. Commercial and backyard poultry farmers across the country are encouraged to step up their bio-security measures and to notify BAHA of any unusual occurrence in their flocks.

BAHA wishes to reassure the public that poultry meat and eggs are safe for human consumption. BAHA and its partners are taking all the necessary measures to address this disease outbreak. Although it cannot be confirmed at this time, wild bird migration is the most likely source of the infection.

Enquiries can be made by calling the helpline number – 605-2100. Contact person is the Chief Veterinary Officer.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 6:22 am 
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The Belize Agricultural and Health Authority (BAHA) is waiting tonight for the results of some poultry samples after detecting what they believe is avian influenza at two poultry farms in Spanish Lookout.
A release from BAHA says that they are on Heightened, active surveillance after poultry from 2 farms showed "very little clinical signs in the affected birds".

The health authorities are collaborating to coordinate a response against this limited outbreak. BAHA advises commercial and backyard poultry farmers across the country to step their surveillance and biosecurity measures, and to notify BAHA if there is any unusual occurrence in their flocks.

The release ends saying quote, "BAHA wishes to reassure the public that poultry meat and eggs are safe for human consumption." End Quote.

http://www.7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=31338

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:16 pm 
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