The National Agrifood Health and Quality Service (Senasa) confirmed 3 new positive cases of avian influenza (AI) H5 in the last week, 1 in birds from a commercial farm in the province of Río Negro and 2 from backyards in the provinces of La Pampa and Santa Fe , with which there are 42 detections of the disease in total so far throughout the country.
Of the samples analyzed between March 7 and 10 by the Senasa National Laboratory, 3 gave a positive diagnosis to AI H5, 1 in commercial farm birds and 2 from backyard establishments in the towns of Mainqué in Río Negro, Trenel in the Pampas and Santa Fe from Grutly.
After confirming the cases, agents from the Patagonia Norte, Santa Fe and La Pampa-San Luis del Senasa regional centers carry out the corresponding sanitary actions in the affected properties. In turn, Senasa is working on sanitary and raking actions in all the regions where the findings were made.
In this way, of the more than 200 notifications analyzed by the Senasa Laboratory, to date, there are 42 confirmed cases, in backyard birds (33), commercial sector (5) and wild (4) distributed as follows : 16 in Córdoba, 9 in Buenos Aires, 4 in Neuquén, 4 in Santa Fe, 3 in Río Negro, 1 in Chaco, 1 in Jujuy, 1 in Santiago del Estero; 1 in San Luis, 1 in La Pampa and 1 in Salta.
At the same time, in the areas of the country where the presence of AI has not been detected, Senasa maintains permanent prevention and surveillance measures; having reinforced the controls at the border crossings with Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay, in the provinces of Entre Ríos, Chaco, Formosa, Corrientes, Misiones, Jujuy and Salta.
Senasa emphasizes its recommendation to the productive sector to reinforce the management, hygiene and biosecurity measures of its poultry farms and that they immediately notify it of any detection of nervous, digestive or respiratory clinical signs, decrease in egg production, in the consumption of water or food and high mortality in domestic or wild birds. Also remember to take all preventive measures and not handle the birds when these clinical pictures are detected.
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