Ecuador reports new bird flu cases nationwide

Ecuador´s Agriculture Ministry on Monday reported new cases of bird flu in Cotopaxi and Bolivar provinces, where local authorities assured health protocols are being conducting to prevent the disease from spreading nationwide.

Bernardo Manzano, Agriculture Minister, said the two outbreaks were detected thanks to severe monitoring and surveillance by technical staff. Corresponding epidemiological fences were immediately implemented and samples were taken for analysis, said Manzano at a press conference in Guayaquil. According to Patricio Almeida, director of the Phytosanitary and Zoosanitary Regulation and Control Agency (Agrocalidad), the animal health emergency declared on November 29, 2022, is in force in the country through February 2023. During this period, movement of poultry, poultry products and by-products such as eggs, hens or chickens from the affected farms is banned.

A total of 360,000 birds have died so far since the first case was reported, 90% died from the disease and 10% were slaughtered.

Prensa Latina

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