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Uruguay: MOH Communications - Surveillance and monitoring of avian influenza

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  • Uruguay: MOH Communications - Surveillance and monitoring of avian influenza

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    March 4, 2023
    Avian influenza surveillance and monitoring

    Given the confirmation in the last few hours of a second outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza that affects backyard birds in the town of San Gregorio de Polanco, department of Tacuarembó, the Ministry of Public Health from the Health Surveillance Area informs the population that Constant monitoring of the situation is being carried out in conjunction with the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries and the Ministry of the Environment.

    To date, no cases of this disease have been detected or reported in the area.

    At the same time, epidemiological surveillance has been intensified, with special emphasis on people at risk of exposure.

    It is important to bear in mind that the H5N1 virus can infect animals that are exposed to environments with high concentrations of the virus or that ingest sick or dead infected birds or poultry, so the population is urged not only to avoid handling animals with these characteristics, but to take the necessary measures to prevent the animals from having contact with said birds.
    So far the H5N1 virus has a very low ability to transmit to people. The current outbreak in birds and poultry continues to be an animal health concern.
    However, by way of prevention, the authorities recommend that people avoid direct and close contact with wild birds, poultry, and sick or dead wild animals, and in case of finding affected birds, report it to the General Directorate of Livestock Services of the MGAP.

    Comunicado Gripe aviar 4_03_2023.pdf

  • #2
    Please see:

    Uruguay - H5N1 in poultry 2023

    Uruguay: 2023 Avian flu in wild birds