WOAH: Mexican bird losses to HPAI nearly 5.5 million

Mexico has lost almost 5.5 million head of commercial poultry to the current outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), according to information from World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) reports.

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Mexico has lost almost 5.5 million head of commercial poultry to the current outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), according to information from World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) reports.

The three most recent cases of HPAI in Mexico include the following:

  • A flock of 9,582 commercial broilers in Kinchil
  • A flock of 395,196 commercial laying hens in San Miguel El Alto
  • A flock of 690,000 commercial laying hens in Uman

Kinchil and Uman are both in the Mississippi Flyway, while San Miguel El Alto is in the Central Flyway.

The WOAH also reported another case of HPAI in a flock of 99,352 laying hens in Cajame, but  WOAH identified this case as a backyard flock, and those bird numbers are not included in the total of 5,475,291 deceased commercial birds in Mexico.

With these totals, there have now been approximately 530 commercial flocks in North America affected by HPAI, leading to the loss of nearly 70 million birds in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

To learn more about HPAI cases in North American commercial poultry flocks, see an interactive map on WATTPoultry.com.

Read our ongoing coverage of the global avian influenza outbreak.

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