The MGAP analyzes re-declaring the health emergency due to avian flu

The MGAP analyzes re-declaring the health emergency due to avian flu
September 6, 2023 – 16:34

We must wait for the results of the analyzes and the evaluation of the technicians in the territory, undersecretary Ignacio Buffa specified.

Photo: Municipality of Maldonado

He Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP) analyzes the situation and the possibility of re-declaring the emergency for bird flu, after the first confirmed case of the disease in a wild mammal, detected in the last few hours in a sea ​​Wolf.

This was admitted by the undersecretary of the MGAP, Ignacio Buffa, who, in dialogue with Informativo Uruguay, specified that no new outbreaks of Avian Influenza, despite the fact that an NGO alerted that there were at least 10 cases. In addition, he recalled that the emergency was temporarily lifted on August 18.

Anyway, buffa He warned that “the technicians will be on the ground to check if there are dead birds” and warned that the ministry is waiting for the laboratory studies that were sent to be analyzed in Argentina. “With these elements, the Ministry will decide whether to declare the emergency again,” he said.

In any case, the chief valued that the discovery of the infected sea lion shows that “the alert system continues to work and that the proposed strategy has been successful so far.” When detailing this containment device, he indicated that it insists on “emphasizing the biosecurity and the vaccination of certain sensitive species to prevent the virus from entering the birds in the productive circuit”.

For this reason, he called to “continue working under biosafety conditions, which were and will be the main tool so that it does not enter the commercial circuit.”

Could the finding of the sea lion affect the season?

The director of the National Directorate of Aquatic Resources (Dinara), Jamie Colonel, reported in dialogue with Channel 5 News that the strain is “highly pathogenic” and admitted that it generates “the risk of a contagion to the human being”, for which he asked to notify the authorities of contact with a dead animal or with symptoms on the beach. In these cases, they can do so at the following email address: [email protected].

Asked about a possible impact on the season Of summer, Colonel He stated: “We are going to analyze the possibilities of how the season is faced. In principle, we understand that there would be no problem as long as there is no massive mortality.

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