HPAI situation in wild birds in Ecuador resolved, WOAH says

However, avian influenza surveillance of poultry in the country is ongoing.

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While the World Organisation for Animal Health says the monitoring poultry for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Ecuador continues, the organization issued a report on June 12 that the HPAI situation in wild birds in the country is resolved.

The WOAH report showed that no cases of HPAI have been found in wild birds in the country since 2023. The first reported case was confirmed in December 2022.

During that time, there were 7,017 cases, and of those 6,111 of the birds died. Most of those were magnificent frigatebirds, of which 6,000 birds died after contracting the virus. Another 1,002 great frigatebirds were affected, with 101 of those dying.

Other species affected included black-headed gull, fregatidae, red-footed booby, blue-footed booby, and yellow-crowned night heron.

In each case, the H5N1 serotype of HPAI was involved.

HPAI in Ecuador poultry

WOAH has not issued a report on the HPAI situation in poultry in Ecuador since, April 9, when it reported that a backyard poultry flock in Pastaza had been affected. This flock involved 51 birds of various species that were being raised for the operators’ own consumption. In that flock, 7 birds died and the other 44 were depopulated.

Since the first case of HPAI was reported in November 2022, 1,252,335 head of poultry in Ecuador have been affected, with most of those being laying hens.

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