The U.S. poultry and egg industries have expressed their support for Mexican poultry producers as Mexico continues to deal with its H7N3 avian influenza outbreak, and pledges their support to help the producers any way necessary.

The USA Poultry & Egg Export Council and Mexico’s Unión Nacional de Avicultores have established a working group on avian influenza to identify issues and projects on which the two industries can coordinate to help Mexico deal with this outbreak. This working group is supported by various U.S. organizations, including the American Egg Board, the National Chicken Council, the National Turkey Federation, the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, United Egg Producers, and the USAPEEC International Poultry Development Program, as well as the International Egg Commission and the International Poultry Council.

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There are also internationally recognized standards established by the World Organization for Animal Health that identify strategies and protocols for controlling and eliminating the disease. These procedures include containment, management of poultry movement, zoning and compartmentalization, humane stamping out, and vaccination when appropriate. The strategies, when fully and properly implemented, will provide an effective path for handling this crisis. With depopulation of affected flocks as the primary focus, Mexico is incorporating the World Organization for Animal Health strategies and the U.S. industry stands ready to help Mexico in its efforts.