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Avian Flu outbreak in Espaillat

Subject to recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ministry of Public Health has confirmed the population can continue to safely consume chicken and eggs from Dominican poultry farms.

The announcement follows the discovery of an outbreak of avian flu in a chicken farm located in Guama Abajo, Cayetano Germosén municipality, in northeastern Espaillat province. WHO has said that there is no data showing that avian flu can affect humans.

The Ministry of Public Health stated that the challenge for them and for the producers is to keep the virus under control. The outbreak was discovered on 9 October 2017 by the Avian Illness Division of the General Department of Animal Husbandry at the Ministry of Agriculture and was immediately notified to the National Center of Intermediaries of the Dominican Republic, in correct application of the rules of the International Sanitary Regulations.

The H5N2 virus is not known to have caused infections in humans anywhere in the world. Despite the low risk for humans, an interdisciplinary rapid response team made up of members of the ministries of Agriculture and Health is proceeding to address the issue under established protocols.

Meanwhile, all affected eggs have been eliminated and the chickens destroyed, following by deep cleaning of the farm. Now, the farm has to wait three months before restocking while other chicken farms in the area are inspected.

Source: DR1, Eldia

Nov 1, 2017

Category: DR News |

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