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Brazil: Pará strengthens surveillance plan to prevent avian influenza

Updated Dec 14, 2022
The Agricultural Defense Agency of the State of Pará (Adepará) continues with the actions of the Epidemiological Surveillance Plan for Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease in Pará. Since the beginning of the month, a team made up of 22 professionals, including State Agricultural Inspectors (FEAs) and Agricultural Inspection Agents (AFAs), has been in the field collecting biological material from the birds for study.
The plan intends to demonstrate the absence of diseases in industrial poultry, due to the increase in cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (IAAP H5N1 virus) in South America. So far, outbreaks of the disease have been reported in neighboring countries such as Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru and Chile. In some limited to wild birds and others reaching subsistence or production birds. According to MAPA, this is the largest HPAI epidemic in the world and most cases are related to the contact of migratory wild birds with subsistence, production or local wild birds. The reinforcement of biosecurity measures by producers aims to mitigate the risks of entry and dissemination of IAAP in the country. The intensification of surveillance actions includes, for example, the testing of samples collected from subsistence birds reared in places close to migratory bird sites to monitor viral circulation, allow demonstration of the absence of infection and support the certification of ...
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