Mexico Bolsters Livestock Inspections Amid US Bird Flu Cases in Dairy Cattle

Following the discovery of bird flu in U.S. dairy cattle, Mexico’s Ministry of Agriculture enhances surveillance and inspections of livestock imports to prevent the spread of the disease.

On Tuesday, Mexico’s Ministry of Agriculture announced proactive steps to enhance monitoring and strengthen checks on livestock imports from the United States following the detection of bird flu in dairy cattle across several U.S. states. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed the presence of avian influenza in dairy herds within five states.

The Mexico-United States Commission for the Prevention of Foot-and-Mouth Disease and Other Exotic Animal Diseases (CPA) plans to carry out visits to livestock facilities to collect samples for laboratory analysis, as detailed in a statement from Mexico’s Ministry of Agriculture. 

Additionally, Senasica, Mexico’s agricultural health inspection body, will ramp up its vigilance for any signs of respiratory illnesses among cattle entering Mexico.

The United States, a key supplier of beef and dairy products to Mexico, has recently seen Texas and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report the second instance of avian influenza in a human who was in contact with presumably infected dairy cows, following an initial case identified in Colorado in 2022.

Avian flu has been spreading to new areas around the world, carried by migratory birds. Since 2022, it has led to the culling of 82 million chickens, turkeys, and other birds in the U.S. Although the virus is highly lethal to poultry, it has shown to be less impactful on mammals.

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