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New outbreak of avian flu confirmed in Uruguay

The Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP) of Uruguay confirmed today the fourteenth avian flu outbreak by reporting an outbreak in backyard poultry in a rural establishment in Solís de Mataojo, Lavalleja department (east).

The outbreak was found in some 30 hens and some ducks, which have already been culled, MGAP’s national farm director, Nicolás Chiesa, told the online edition of El País newspaper.

MGAP technicians visited the area and found no more affected birds, Chiesa said.

The director of Livestock Services of the MGAP, Diego de Freitas, told local television channel 10 that this is the fourteenth outbreak of avian flu, with eight recorded in the backyard and six in wild birds.

New outbreak of avian flu confirmed in Uruguay. (Photo Internet reproduction)
A new outbreak of avian flu has been confirmed in Uruguay. (Photo Internet reproduction)

At the beginning of the month, the MGAP began a vaccination campaign against avian flu, given the growing risk to the poultry production sector, to initially immunize the laying and breeding hen population.

Uruguay reported on February 15 the first five cases of avian flu in black-necked swans in the Garzón lagoon (east) and declared a sanitary emergency for the poultry sector.

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