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MGAP recommendations for avian influenza

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The inspections were carried out in 155 establishments, including farms and private homes, in order to control and epidemiologically monitor the affected area. For this, a total of 45 officials from both portfolios are focused on the surveillance and tracking of this disease.

MGAP recommendations

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The Animal Health Division of the General Directorate of Livestock Services made recommendations to poultry producers:

  • Extreme biosecurity measures on farms.
  • Restrict the entry of people and vehicles to the establishment.
  • Carry out strict cleaning and disinfection of work materials, facilities and vehicles that enter the farm.
  • Keep up to date the records of visits and production.
  • Place anti-bird mesh in good condition on the sides and doors of the shed.
  • Place disinfection devices at the entrance of the establishment and the sheds.
  • Wear exclusive clothing for working with birds.
  • Avoid contact of commercial birds with wild ones.
  • Prevent domestic birds from sharing water sources with wild birds.

What are the symptoms in birds?

Among the symptoms that the disease presents are: rapid death of birds, ruffled plumage, edema on the head (swollen head), diarrhea, sudden decrease in posture, production of deformed eggs with soft or thin shells, respiratory problems, panting, cough, conjunctivitis, ocular and nasal secretions, sinusitis, suffocation, incoordination, tremors, eye and head movements, paralysis and convulsions, according to data from the MGAP.

There is no cure for bird flu, so once animals are infected, they must be culled to prevent the spread of the virus.

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