The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has reported two highly pathogenic H7N3 outbreaks in Mexico, the country’s first involving the strain since early 2017.

The new outbreaks, which began in the middle of February and were reported on Friday by OIE officials, affected a rural farm in Guanajuato state and a backyard flock in neighboring Queretaro state. Both are in central Mexico.

An OIE report on the outbreak said the first outbreak began after 500 white chickens, sourced from a farm in Jalisco state where the birds were supposedly vaccinated, were introduced to a flock of 1,400 Rhode Island Red chickens. This introduction is considered to be the source of infection of the susceptible birds.

In the second outbreak, the backyard birds had clinical signs, which included conjunctivitis, watery diarrhea, and sudden death.

Between the two locations, the virus killed 1,387 of 1,926 susceptible birds, and authorities destroyed the survivors. Officials have also imposed poultry movement controls, isolated the affected area, and stepped up surveillance in zones around the outbreak locations.

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Join NAGA President Peg Ballou for this important broadcast on ways to discourage waterfowl and other birds from congregating on your farm or club. Your participation is requested with ideas on products, procedures and plans to share with other industry members. ... See MoreSee Less

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Additionally, I mentioned spikes on your posts, owl or swan decoys to deter birds congregating around pens. The swan decoys float in the pond and the incoming ducks and geese stay away. Apparently Swans don't play well with others. Huh, who knew?

And a better one of the metal spinner.

This is the tape I mentioned. Kinda like a mylar bag sliced into strips.

Hey, gang, I am attaching some pictures that wouldn't show on the livestream. This is one of the metal spinners I was talking about.

My problem is starlings and sparrows coming through the 2” net

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