They point out that the flu epidemic that appeared in Mexico caused the death of 2.5 million birds. The death of 2.5 million birds due to the flu epidemic that appeared in Mexico has so far left economic losses estimated at about 50 million dollars in different sectors, the vice president of the International of the egg commission, César de Anda, explained today to Efe.
The official said that so far these first estimates include an increase in production costs in addition to the effect of the epidemic in the first three weeks on various branches that depend on the Mexican poultry sector.
“The industry will stop producing $50 million, not only because of the price of the birds, but because of the intrinsic value of production, wealth creation and indirect jobs in other industries,” De Anda said in an interview.
The industrialist is participating in an inter-institutional group seeking solutions to the pandemic caused by the H7N3 virus, discovered last month in the state of Jalisco, western Mexico.
According to the latest report from the National Service for Health, Safety and Quality of Agricultural Food (Senasica) in Mexico, 2.5 million birds have been sacrificed and another 3.4 million are carriers of the H7N3 virus strain among a flock of 16.5. million birds that were examined in the area where the epidemic occurred.
Since the health alert was issued on June 18, 31 poultry farms have been affected by the flu, especially in the municipalities of Tepatitlán and Acatic, cities in Jalisco, where the device to prevent the spread of this type of flu is still in effect. very contagious.
Although De Anda would not make a projection of how much more the Mexican poultry sector could lose, he said that the economic damage will increase when the infected birds are sacrificed “without a cure”.
It is also possible to predict a decline in the export of eggs and meat to other countries.
Despite this, Japan, the main country to which Mexico exports pasteurized and dehydrated eggs, has already reopened its borders to the Mexican product, but European and African countries maintain restrictions, he added.
According to the National Union of Poultry Growers (UNA), Mexico produces about 2.4 million tons of eggs and 1.2 million tons of meat annually.
This sector exports 2.5 million boxes of eggs every year, and as of 2011, Japan, Russia, Hong Kong, Guatemala, El Salvador and some African countries are the main destinations for this product.
In addition, nearly 32,000 direct and indirect jobs could be lost if the epidemic is not “immediately” brought under control, estimated Ricardo Estrada, president of the Association of Poultry Growers of Tepatitlán, one of the municipalities included in the health fence.
The businessman explained that in his municipality, in the last three weeks, they recorded an 8 percent drop in production, which was reflected both in sales on the domestic market and in exports that exceed 16,400 tons per year to Africa and Asia.
He felt that Mexican health authorities had “acted slowly” with regard to the situation and called on them to start vaccinating the birds now as the losses were increasing every day.
For now, Senasica promised that Mexico will have its own vaccine against the epidemic in three weeks.
Aside from Estrada, De Anda agrees that Mexican health authorities have been too slow to find a definitive cure for the epidemic.
De Anda, vice president of the International Egg Commission, expressed regret that a batch of one million vaccines ordered from Pakistan was “stuck” due to customs procedures.
Furthermore, he believes that their arrival “will not do much” to secure them for the 30 million birds that are in the risk zone.
Finally, De Anda said that the private laboratories that will prepare Mexican vaccines from the isolated strain are “working at full steam” to have 80 million doses ready within three weeks.