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Mexico has increased surveillance of livestock imported from the United States after reports of avian flu

Mexico 03.04.2024
Source: DairyNews
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Mexican health authorities have strengthened surveillance of cattle imported into the country from the United States amid reports of an outbreak of avian flu among dairy cows. This is stated in a statement by the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Mexico has increased surveillance of livestock imported from the United States after reports of avian flu
"Given the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza in dairy cattle in the United States, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, as a preventive measure, has taken measures to strengthen passive surveillance and strengthen clinical screening measures for cattle from this country," the department said.

The ministry added that in order to prevent the spread of the virus in Mexico, the National Service for Health, Safety and Quality of Agricultural Products called on producers to "immediately report to the competent authorities cases of decreased appetite, milk production in animals, as well as signs of respiratory diseases."

In addition, the General Directorate of Phytosanitary and Veterinary Inspection is ordered to "strengthen clinical supervision of cattle that are intended for importation to ensure that there are no signs of disease."

The ministry recommended that the population exclude the use of raw milk, giving preference to pasteurized dairy products.
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