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13 September 2012
Poultry farmers in Mexico have culled nearly 22.3 million birds
between June and August 2012 and immunized 140 million birds, in order
to control the outbreak of avian flu, according to National Food Health,
Safety and Quality Service, or Senasica.
Senasica noted that it has completed the final count of birds culled to prevent the spread of the AH7N3 avian influenza virus.
director Enrique Sanchez said that no new avian flu cases have been
reported over the past three weeks and affected farms are being restored
with flocks of between 4.5 million and 5 million birds each month.
restocking of farms is likely to boost egg production to about 2,700
tons every day, with output rising gradually as new hens are added,
In June, the authorities detected the virus in
cities of Tepatitlan and Acatic in Mexico's largest chicken farming
state Jalisco, where 11% of the country's poultry meat and 50% of its
eggs are produced.
In order to prevent the outbreak of the disease
to other parts of Mexico or other states, the country initiated a
national emergency plan. The government ordered vaccinations from Asia
and is developing its own vaccines to fight the flu. Strict controls
were also been put in place on the transportation of poultry, poultry
products and other animals.