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#503530 - 04/21/15 05:34 AM Thousands of chickens slaughtered in the West  
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And while shrimps are dying in the South, chickens are being slaughtered in the West. In January of this year, the Belize Agricultural Health Authority, BAHA, sent out notice to the general public that they had confirmed a type of disease called Avian Influenza in a couple of farms in the Spanish Lookout community. This type of disease is a low pathogenic disease that is not killing the birds, but the virus has the capacity to evolve into a highly pathogenic disease if not controlled. In January, BAHA confirmed the disease in at least two farms, however that number grew to about 15 farms in the Spanish lookout community. As a result, BAHA, as recently as this week, began the mass slaughtering of live poultry in Spanish Lookout. BAHA’s Director of Animal Health, Dr. Miguel De Paz, gave us an update on that undertaking.

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‘They are implementing all the measures to control and irradiate this disease. They are many to take in which to irradiate the disease. At  this time, BAHA, the Government of Belize has opted to do de-population because of the limited number of  known infected farms.  Should the situation change, then the strategy will also change which might include the vaccination of birds rather than depopulating,  but we are yet to arrive at that position… that option.”

Emmanuel Pech – Plus TV Reporter

“At this point, can you say how many are eliminated and how many more are expected to be?”

Dr. Miguel Depaz

“An estimated number would be around sixty thousand. An estimated sixty thousand from an estimated fifteen known infected farms.”

BAHA will be conducting another survey on the remaining poultry in Spanish lookout, which will then determine if they will continue to eliminate more birds or switch to less extreme measures like vaccination, though not entirely effective. Authorities believe however, that they are at a stage where the disease has been contained.

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“At the start, we had six check points. We have reduced the six check points to four because we believe it has been contained in the Spanish Lookout community. We have movement control. The risk of spreading the disease is through wild birds and through the movement of live poultry. We know we have it in Spanish Lookout, so it’s a no -no to move out live poultry out of Spanish Lookout. However, the one day old chicks can move out of Spanish Lookout because the one day old chicks will not have the virus. The virus does not get transmitted vertically. In other words, a new born chick will not have the virus. So the only live  bird  moves out of the community is the day old chick.”

BAHA, also reiterated that processed chicken and eggs are safe for human consumption.

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#503556 - 04/21/15 12:47 PM Re: Thousands of chickens slaughtered in the West [Re: Marty]  
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Are we irradiating the disease or iradicating the disease? That is a lot of birds to xray.....


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#503595 - 04/22/15 08:57 AM Re: Thousands of chickens slaughtered in the West [Re: Marty]  
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I wonder if they got a second opinion?


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#507344 - 09/09/15 11:59 AM Re: Thousands of chickens slaughtered in the West [Re: Marty]  
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(Joint Release from MNRA, BAHA, Ministry of Health and the Belize Poultry Association) Avian Influenza Infected Area in the Cayo District Regains Free Status

Belmopan. September 9, 2015. BAHA will today lift quarantine and other control measures implemented in the Cayo District following the detection of low pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 in January 2015. The last case was detected on the 5 June 2015 and depopulation and decontamination were completed by the 9 June 2015. In compliance with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) international standard, BAHA can declare the area once again free of avian influenza three months after decontamination. Quarantine control measures and the direct losses borne by the producers in the infected area have cost government and the poultry industry over BZ$6 million.

The successful eradication of this avian influenza disease outbreak was possible because of government’s immediate and strong intervention. BAHA worked in close partnership with the Belize Poultry Association and the poultry producers in eliminating this grave threat to the sector. Both OIRSA and Mexico provided technical assistance as well as resources to help control the outbreak. It must be noted that Belize is the only country in the region to have successfully eradicated the avian influenza virus.

Though the event is closed, vigilance needs to be maintained as re-introduction is possible anywhere in the country and there exists a high threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus being introduced by migratory wild birds from North America. The movement of live poultry other than a day old chicks remain restricted until further notice. BAHA, in close collaboration with the private sector is managing identified risks by implementing enhanced regulations for poultry establishments and the movement of live poultry and poultry litter.

Poultry farmers across the country whether commercial or backyard, are encouraged to maintain their biosecurity measures and to notify BAHA of any high mortality or unusual occurrence in their flocks.

BAHA wishes to reassure the public that poultry meat and eggs are safe for human consumption.

Enquiries can be made by contacting Dr. Miguel DePaz, BAHA’s chief Veterinary officer, at helpline number 605-2100 and Dr. Victor Gongora of Belize Poultry Association at 824-3221.


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