Bolivia officials urge public not to panic over avian influenza
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The Ministry of Health and Sports asked the public today to remain calm and avoid making unfounded alarms because the chances of catching bird flu are slim; However, as a precautionary measure, it announced epidemiological surveillance in areas where the disease appeared in birds.
“There is no reason to generate unnecessary alert, we will strengthen the system of epidemiological surveillance in general for influenza, and work in particular with people who work in poultry farming, at the present time there is no reason to declare some kind of emergency or to avoid meat consumption,” emphasized the Deputy Minister of Promotion Epidemiological Control and Traditional Medicine, María Rene Castro.
After the detection of outbreaks of avian influenza on farms in Sacaba and Quilacolo in Cochabamba, the national government activated health protocols in order to protect the population from any possible infection, as well as to ensure the safety of the products put on the market.
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The deputy minister asked the population not to panic because there is only data on three people infected with this disease in the world and in the same way the procedures are coordinated with the National Service for Agricultural Health and Food Safety (Sinasage), so that there is strict control over the marketing of chicken meat.
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He stated that in addition to epidemiological surveillance, the Ministry of Health organizes training workshops for workers in these poultry farms so that they can properly use all the personal protection elements necessary for this type of event.
For his part, the Minister of Rural Development and Lands, Remy Gonzalez, reported that more than 160,000 birds had been removed and properly buried in the municipalities of Sacaba and Quilacolo, adding that the disease did not spread from this range.
Avian influenza is a disease of domestic and wild birds caused by the influenza A virus. The influenza A virus can infect birds and mammals. The most common way the virus is transmitted to an area is through migratory wild birds.