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International News: PAHO says avian influenza detected in birds in 10 countries

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2023. 3:17 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Last Wednesday, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert noting that avian influenza outbreaks have been detected in birds in 10 countries in the Americas region, Loop reports.

PAHO reiterated the importance of controlling the outbreak to reduce the risk to humans.

In addition, countries are urged to strengthen surveillance for avian influenza.

Health experts were advised to implement prevention and control measures.

In 2014, avian influenza was first detected in domestic and wild birds.

Presently, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, the United States and Venezuela have detected outbreaks of this virus in domestic or wild birds.

Those most at risk are people who are exposed to infected birds.

PAHO recommended the use of personal protective equipment and other sanitation measures.

 

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