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Avian Influenza Outbreak Reaches Central America

September 15, 2022 • 12:32 pm CDT
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The Central American country of Belize announced on September 13, 2022, the detection of avian H5 in a commercial poultry farm in the Blue Creek Community, Orange Walk District, which immediately culled the entire flock.

While most migratory birds travel from low to high latitudes in their northern or southern hemisphere, relatively few birds, it seems, are trans-equatorial travelers, reported Michael Coston from Avian Flu Diary.

But given the growing prevalence of HPAI H5 in the Northern hemisphere during 2022, there could be more opportunities for avian flu to expand southward.

This means Central American bird flocks may be at risk. 

The USDA says, 'Wild birds can be infected with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and show no signs of illness.

Migrating birds can carry the disease to new areas, potentially exposing domestic poultry to the virus.

The Eurasian H5N1 strain first appeared in North America in January 2022 and has affected poultry/birds in 39 states and led to the loss of over 44 million birds as of September 15, 2022. 

Unfortunately, the U.S. FDA says annual flu shots do not protect people from avian influenza (bird flu) infections.

The U.S. government has approved a vaccine for one type of bird flu virus and could distribute it if a person-to-person avian influenza outbreak occurs.

The U.S. FDA has authorized CSL Seqirus' Audenz™ monovalent cell-based vaccine.

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