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Chile culls whopping 40,000 poultry after detecting 1st hen flu case within the trade

Around 40,000 poultry have been culled and buried in central Chile on Wednesday after the nation detected its first case of hen flu in an industrial setting.

Carlos Orellana, head of livestock safety for Chile’s farming and livestock SAG company, stated it was a “restricted occasion” and authorities have not detected extra circumstances within the surrounding space.

“It’s a really restricted occasion, our surveillance within the peripheral area retains giving us adverse outcomes,” Orellana stated throughout a press convention in Santiago, including that the culled birds signify a small fraction of the nation’s 30 million poultry.


A backhoe carries dead chickens to a pit at a poultry farm on March 15, 2023, after Chilean authorities confirmed the country's first outbreak of avian flu.

A backhoe carries lifeless chickens to a pit at a poultry farm on March 15, 2023, after Chilean authorities confirmed the nation’s first outbreak of avian flu. (REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado)

“We hope to have this example contained and that Chile regains its standing of being freed from extremely pathogenic hen flu,” he added.

The outbreak was detected on Monday in a plant belonging to meat producer Agrosuper, in Rancagua in central Chile, main the federal government to droop rooster exports for a 28-day interval.

Cases of hen flu, largely in wild animals, have been detected in Chile since late final yr. Argentina confirmed its first case in industrial poultry final month, inflicting it to droop avian product exports.

Brazil, the world’s largest rooster exporter, nonetheless stays freed from hen flu however has investigated a number of suspected circumstances. South American well being authorities created a regional technical committee earlier this month to cope with hen flu outbreaks.

Ximena Aguilera, Chile’s well being minister, stated that whereas the nation has seen circumstances in marine mammals, there was no human-to-human transmission however the ministry is intently following staff and individuals who have been uncovered to hen flu.

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