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Avian influenza spreads in Argentina, with outbreaks detected in 12 provinces

Updated Mar 23, 2023
BUENOS AIRES, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Cases of H5 avian flu (AI) have spread in Argentina, with positive cases reported Wednesday in Rawson city, capital of southern Chubut province, bringing the total number of provinces affected this Wednesday the 12th out of a total of 24, according to information from the National Service of Health and Food Quality of Argentina (Senasa). The state agency reported that a total of 63 outbreaks were detected, distributed in the provinces of Córdoba (center), Buenos Aires (center), La Pampa (center), Santa Fe (east), Río Negro (south), Jujuy (north) , Chaco (north), Neuquén (south), San Luis (center), Salta (northwest) and Santiago del Estero (north), in addition to Chubut. Fundraising actions were organized in all these districts to try to contain the spread of the disease.
Argentina confirmed the first case of AI in its history on February 15 in the province of Jujuy, and since then infections have been detected in birds such as chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys, as well as birds from commercial farms. Parallel to screening actions, Senasa established prevention and surveillance measures in neighborhoods without cases and reinforced control at the borders with Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay. The state agency recommended that the productive sector “reinforce management, hygiene and biosecurity measures on their farms” and asked to be notified “immediately of any detection of nervous, digestive or respiratory clinical signs, reduction in egg production, in the consumption of water or food and high mortality in domestic or wild birds". Argentina has also adopted "extraordinary health measures" to prevent the spread of the disease, such as a nationwide ban on exhibitions, fairs, events and recreational activities that involve the concentration ...
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