Bird flu detected at poultry producer in Chile
The affected birds are being culled by SAG and the area quarantined to prevent the infectious disease from spreading.
No humans have been affected by the outbreak.
Laboratories are testing samples to determine what strain of avian flu has infected the turkeys. Once the results are available SAG will decide on further sanitary measures to be taken. It is reported on Avian Flu Diary to be a H7 strain.
Chile experienced its first avian influenza outbreak in 2002, when poultry exports were severly limited. That outbreak was brought under control.
Avian flu is not as common in South America as it is in China, Europe, and North America. Authorities said no humans have been infected in Chile and there is little to no risk to the general public.
- Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) – News Scan [05 Jan 2017]
- Avian Flu Diary – Chile Culling Turkeys Over H7 Avian Flu [05 Jan 2017]
- Reuters – Chile detects bird flu at poultry producer Agrosuper’s plant [05 Jan 2017]