On the 15th January BAHA informed the general public of having detected Avian Influenza type A in two poultry farms in Spanish Lookout, Cayo District. It was detected as a result of routine testing under the Belize Poultry Improvement Plan.
Samples tested by an International reference Laboratory in the USA has confirmed the presence of Avian influenza H5N2antibodies in one farm only,but not the live virus. BAHA continues to test and has detected presence of Avian Influenza Type A in one other farm.
BAHA says there are very little clinical signs in the affected birds. To date, testing of all surrounding farms continues to confirm that the outbreak is only in those two farms. Containment measures in effect prohibit all poultry and poultry products from exiting the affected farms.
In addition, BAHA has set up other control measures, in the Spanish Lookout area, such as movement control of live birds, eggs, and other poultry products. BAHA says the public can be reassured that poultry meat and eggs are safe for human consumption.