Ecuador declared an animal health emergency at the end of November due to the first infections on a farm in the central province of Cotopaxi. The Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Bernardo Manzano announced the plan to vaccinate more than two million birds against bird flu to control the outbreak. The country will import four million doses through a Mexican-Ecuadorian partnership. About 1.2 million birds have been infected with the virus and have been culled in the country’s four provinces. Vaccination will not prevent infection on other farms in the risk areas, but it will reduce the mortality rate in birds. Patricio Almeida, director of the Agency for Regulation and Phytosanitary and Zoosanitary Control (Agrocalidad) said that the vaccine is biologically safe and does not constitute a risk to humans. Ecuador produces 263 million chickens, representing 495,000 tonnes of meat and 4.6 billion eggs.
Today: December 1, 2023