Mexico has declared that the recent avian influenza outbreak in the country's state of Jalisco, which has resulted in the slaughter of 22 million hens since June, is completely under control, according to President Felipe Calderon.
No new cases of the H7N3 virus have been reported in 68 days. "We can say that the event has been overcome and declare that the outbreak is totally under control," said Calderon. The majority of the culled hens were in Jalisco, and a vaccination drive was implemented to prevent the virus from reaching other regions.
In the meantime, the outbreak has caused egg prices to rise significantly in Mexico. The country authorized imports to make up for the shortage, bringing in 14,000 metric tons of eggs from other countries, mostly from the U.S.