Officials describe the Mexican experience with avian flu vaccination as positive, but say that regulations should change so vaccine seed stock will better match field strains of the virus.
With therapid advance of the outbreak, many poultry producers were at risk of losingtheir livelihoods, and this led to an outcry for vaccination. But, support forvaccination was not universal. The OIE approved means of dealing with foreignanimal diseases, like highly pathogenic avian influenza, is eradication. Butwith the loss of millions of birds, the Mexican government together with theNational Association of Poultry Sciences in Mexico (ANECA), CONASA the advisorybody for SAGARPA (the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Fisheriesand Food) and other experts concluded that vaccination was the only way to stopthe spread of the disease. Read more