Mexico establishes new measures for the control and eradication of avian influenza


The Government of Mexico has launched all its resources to protect the national poultry industry.

Posted on Oct 31 ,03:01

Mexico establishes new measures for the control and eradication of avian influenza

With the aim of protecting poultry production from highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) AH5N1 and advancing in the control and eradication of HPAI H7N3 throughout the country, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reinforces epidemiological surveillance actions in the 32 entities and establishes new measures to ensure that production units comply with minimum biosafety measures (MMB).

These actions are carried out within the framework of the implementation of the National Animal Health Emergency Device (Dinesa), which was activated on June 3 to launch all the resources of the Government of Mexico to protect the national poultry industry from the IAAP, highlighted the federal agency.
He said that through a virtual meeting with more than 400 producers from the National Union of Poultry Farmers (UNA) and representatives of the Mexican Association of Secretaries of Agricultural Development (AMSDA), officials from the National Service for Agrifood Health, Safety and Quality (Senasica ) reported the regulatory measures.
The director of the United States-Mexico Commission for the Prevention of Foot-and-Mouth Disease and Other Exotic Animal Diseases (CPA) of Senasica, Roberto Navarro López, pointed out that farms must register as Poultry Production Units (UPA) and hire a authorized veterinary doctor for this species, who is required to take a course and pass an exam.
The production units must process with the Commission an official certificate of compliance with the minimum biosafety measures, which is essential to receive birds for repopulation and market live birds to another state entity.

Farms that are located in a disease-free zone and that comply with the MMB certification, may move live animals through the Poultry Mobilization Notice (AMA).
The federal official stressed to the producers that the proof of MMB is essential in the new strategy, since those production units that do not obtain it, even in the free zone, will be considered high risk and their mobilization will be restricted to their state and plants. Federal Inspection Type (TIF) of other entities, with the condition of presenting a Mobilization Animal Health Certificate (CZM) in addition to negative results of PCR tests issued by laboratories authorized by Senasica.
Regarding broiler farms located in areas of low prevalence with proof of MMB, they may only move to other states with the same status with CZM and negative laboratory results.
Regarding the mobilization of excreta for use as fertilizers, Navarro López pointed out that the so-called chicken manure and chicken manure must be subjected to a heat treatment of 56 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes, a procedure that must be certified by the authorized veterinarian.
Untreated excreta may only be moved in closed transport to ensure that the remains are not spread, up to a maximum of 20 kilometers in agricultural areas and no less than three kilometers from another poultry farm.
As with live animals, in free zones the cargo will be protected with the Mobilization Notice and in areas of low prevalence with the Mobilization Certificate, previously authorized for the route.

The federal official stressed that at the end of Dinesa, the low-prevalence states that have no evidence of the disease without vaccination, have 100 percent of their UPAs registered with minimum biosecurity measures and authorized doctors, will be able to access areas under eradication. .
The general director of Animal Health of Senasica, Juan Gay Gutiérrez, emphasized that with the application of these measures, poultry producers have the opportunity to eradicate the disease, which has been present in the country for more than 10 years.
On behalf of the state governments, the president and general manager of the AMSDA, José Jaime Montes Salas and Octavio Jurado Juárez, respectively, pointed out that the fight against AI is a priority for the Mexican countryside, for which they expressed their support for the initiative of the agency of Agriculture.

They explained that in the Association there is an inter-institutional group that permanently dialogues with Senasica's technicians, in order to inform the 32 state representations about the actions that must be strengthened in each region.
The president of the National Union of Poultry Farmers, David Castro Monroy, indicated that the strategy that Senasica presented to the producers was worked hand in hand with the association, for which he thanked the opening of the health authority.
He assured that in all regions, the production system will listen and echo the information provided by the agency and will abide by the regulations, with the purpose of advancing in the common goal of having a healthy, strong and productive poultry industry.


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