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Mexico Looks to Repopulate Birds after AI Outbreak

29 August 2012, at 12:47am

MEXICO - With no further outbreaks of avian influenza, Mexico is beginning to rebuild bird populations in areas where the quarantine has been lifted. To date, permits for the introduction of 3.5 million laying birds have been given.

Veterinary certificates have been granted in the region of Los Altos de Jalisco to accelerate production of table eggs, meat, eggs for breeding and live birds.

Strict biosecurity measures are in place, and each shipment must have a certificate issued to ensure that products are emerging free of the virus.

The government is considering importing from Colombia and Costa Rica to increase the supply of products onto the market.

In areas where farms are repopulating, birds are being vaccinated against the virus.

To date, 449 production units and 44 commercial farms have tested positive with avian influenza.

A strict monitoring programme will remain in place to contain the outbreak, the government said.

Further Reading

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