Bird Flu flying around again

There has been four suspected outbreaks of the Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N2 (bird flu) in two villages in the southern districts, namely Red Bank and Bella Vista and two villages in the North, namely Fireburn and Sylvestre.

It’s been a little over a month since the last update from Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) in September, which declared Belize was cleared of the virus which was circulating in the Spanish Lookout Area, a very important poultry sector for Belize.

BAHA has since remained vigilant, responding to calls from the public in other areas of the country and continuous testing. Since the last update, BAHA was able detect the virus in the afore mentioned villages and was able quickly respond to the situation, neutralizing the virus and preventing its spread to neighboring communities. With the support of the Poultry Industry, BAHA conducted the depopulation of the infected birds.

BAHA continues to monitor the virus and will proceed to keep the virus under control. The Animal Health Department awaits a definitive diagnosis from the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NSVL), a reference laboratory located in United States. BAHA reminds the poultry farmers to continue enforcing bio security measures and for the general public to report any sick birds. BAHA also would like to ensure the public that poultry meat and eggs are safe for human consumption.

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