Mexico has reported a first case of the severe H5N1 strain of avian influenza, the Paris-based Organization Mondiale de la santé animale (WOAH) announced on Friday.
The virus was detected in a wild bird in the District of Metepec west of the Mexican capital, WOAH said, citing information from the Mexican authorities.
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“This report represents the first isolation of a subtype of the HPAI H5N1 virus in Mexico, which occurred in a bird other than poultry and in one of the migratory wild bird corridors that traverse the country,” at-il declared.
The highly pathogenic avian flu (HPAI), commonly known as the avian flu, has killed flocks of poultry in the United States and Europe this year, experts fearing that the virus has not diminished as previously during the summer of northern hemisphere.
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Le Mexique a connu des flambées d’une autre souche de influenza aviaire, H7N3, dans certaines parties du pays au cours de la dernière decennie, y compris des cases plus tôt cette année.