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Rev Sci Tech. 2009 Apr;28(1):261-5.

Avian influenza in Mexico.

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  • Animal Health Directorate, Mexican National Services for Food Safety and Quality and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, Mexico. coor.tec@senasica.sagarpa.gob.mx


The outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N2 in Mexico in 1994 led to a clear increase in biosecurity measures and improvement of intensive poultry production systems. The control and eradication measures implemented were based on active surveillance, disease detection, depopulation of infected farms and prevention of possible contacts (identified by epidemiological investigations), improvement of biosecurity measures, and restriction of the movement of live birds, poultry products, by-products and infected material. In addition, Mexico introduced a massive vaccination programme, which resulted in the eradication of HPAI in a relatively short time in two affected areas that had a high density of commercial poultry.

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