Adapted from: The Poultry Site Newsletter of 13 September, 2012)
The Ministry of Agriculture says that no further bird flu outbreaks have been reported over the last 20 days. The statement adds that more than 22.3 million birds have been culled, nearly half were officially culled by authorities, with the other half being dead before being reported. The biggest losses occurred in Tepatitlán (13.6 million birds) and San Juan de los Lagos (8.3 million birds). As well as compulsory slaughter of affected flocks, two rounds of vaccination against the disease have been carried out, the most recent in the third week of August.
The country's poultry association, UNA, says the outbreaks cost around US$860 million. As well as the millions of birds slaughtered, 7,688 jobs have been lost. The cost to the industry came from decreased egg production, a fall in income and subsequently a loss in jobs.
President of UNA, Crivelli Jaime Espinoza has said that the industry must now work together with the government and other authorities to compensate as soon as possible those who have suffered and that government's support is crucial in helping the Mexican poultry industry recover to previous production levels.
H7N3 highly pathogenic avian influenza in Mexico caused major disruptions to the egg market with egg prices to consumers rising on fears of tight supplies and the country was forced to import significant quantities of eggs for the first time, mainly from the US and under a quota system.