An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza was confirmed on 8 January at two egg-producing farms in the Mexican state of Aguascalientes.

Authorities said that the strain of H7N3 avian influenza was 99% similar to the outbreak in June last year in the nearby state of Jalisco.

Mexico’s Reforma newspaper reported that Senasica, the national food safety service, had confirmed the outbreak and that it had been controlled.

According to the paper, 284,000 birds at the two layer farms were culled, and six million vaccines would be distributed in the area, which houses seven poultry farms.

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