We have reported on the eradication of back yard poultry in Fire Burn Village by the Belize Agriculture and Health Authority, BAHA less than two weeks ago. Today, we have an update on the matter as Director of Animal Health at BAHA, Dr. Miguel Depaz, in an interview with Plus TV, confirmed the department has been eradicating birds suspected of being infected with Avian Flu. Dr. Depaz clarified though that the detection has been strictly among back yard birds and not at commercial breeders.


Screen_Shot_2015-10-07_at_8.22.08_PMDr. Miguel Depaz - Director of Animal Health at BAHA


“There is two types of systems, there is the commercial system and there is the backyard so presently we are detecting these in backyard poultry so the household would only have a few birds rather than the thousands of birds that we would have to deal with in the commercial sector so the detection in the north we are putting more interest in that detection because of a commercial poultry sector of Little Belize, Shipyard, Blue Creek so we are putting a lot of interest in the detection of up north and actually we have taken some measures to quickly eradicate where we had detected it in the north because we want to protect the commercial sector up there.”


Reporter


“So, birds are being eradicated as we speak?”


Dr. Miguel Depaz - Director of Animal Health at BAHA


“Well, it has been done because it is only a few birds so the farm we detected had 120 backyard poultry so we rapidly eliminated those birds and the surrounded had a little over 300 so it amounts a little over 400 backyard poultry in the north so we rapidly eradicated those birds.”


Reporter


“But it is confirmed that at this point, poultry industry in the north the commercial side of it is not affected?”


Dr. Miguel Depaz - Director of Animal Health at BAHA


“Definitely they are not affected we had done surveillance during the time when we had outbreak in Spanish Lookout and we have continued doing surveillance even before and after so that we know for a fact that the birds in Blue Creek and Shipyard are negative to the disease we had only detected like I said before in these two villages and we had eliminated or depopulated birds on those affected villages.”


BAHA had announced on September ninth that they had successfully eradicated the virus from Belize but continued their vigilance. Not long after, the department began eradications once more but this time in Bella Vista Village in Toledo, Redbank Village in Stann Creek, and Fireburn and Sylvestre Villages in Orange Walk. According to Plus TV, BAHA has eradicated chickens from eight homes and over four hundred forty birds were killed from the two villages in northern Belize. According to BAHA officials, at this point they do not know the exact nature of the virus and are waiting for the results of samples taken from quarantined areas and sent for testing.

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