The Ministry of Agricultural Health of Belize confirmed an outbreak of bird flu on a Mennonite farm in the town of Blue Creek in the district of orange walk. Located on the border with Quintana Roo at the height of the community of La Unió, on the banks of the deep River.
Which is currently in quarantine, in addition, more tests are being carried out on poultry to determine the extent of the infection. The Minister of Agriculture, José Mai, said that they suspect that the virus arrived in a batch of eggs imported into the country.
The place is protected
Faced with this situation, the government of that nation has implemented sanitary measures, within a radius of three miles, which represents 4.8 kilometers, such as the depopulation of poultry, the cleaning and disinfection of the farm and the installation checkpoints to prevent the spread of the disease.
In addition to providing financial support to address this contingency, for the first time in almost seven years, an outbreak of avian influenza has been identified in the country, this time in the poultry population of a farm in the community of Blue Creek.
According to Dr. Miguel Depaz, Director of the Department of Animal Health at the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA), that farm has been quarantined and further testing is underway on other farms in northwestern Belize, and it is expected that the results come back at any time. this week.
Avian influenza viruses can be classified into two groups: highly pathogenic and low pathogenic. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most H5 viruses are low pathogenic viruses. Occasionally, however, some highly pathogenic H5 viruses have been detected, which have the potential to severely affect poultry industries.