Although it goes to great lengths to cite progress being made again avian flu, and announces yet another plan to combat the virus, a statement today from Iran's MOA paints what appears to be an even worse picture of bird flu losses in the country than did my report of 8 days ago (see Iran's Hidden Bird Flu Burden).
Bird flu losses have been so great this year, and have driven poultry and egg prices up so high, that it has even been cited as one of the reasons behind the citizen protests that sprang up across the country late last week (see Iran: Bird Flu, Food Insecurity & Civil Unrest).While a bit of a scapegoat, and unlikely to have been the main cause of discontentment among the populace, high food prices coupled with high unemployment are undoubtedly destabilizing factors.
Today's MOA statement (which covers a variety of agricultural issues) raised the number of birds lost to over 14 million due to HPAI H5N8. A short (translated) excerpt follows:
14 million pieces of poultry flu on the acute effects of the above annihilation of birds/poultry 10 million replacement pieces in productive units
The head of the country's veterinary organization announced that free vaccination of light and heavy animals against the fever in the fall of this year caused the disease to decline by 18% in the country.
According to the news website of the Ministry of Agriculture, doctor Alireza RAFIPOUR Wednesday at a press conference on Wednesday, "With the free and easy vaccination of livestock, the number of febrile illnesses in the country has fallen from 7994 in 1995 to 6540 .
He added that there are more than 900 common diseases between humans and animals in the country monitored and monitored by experts of this organization.
Rafieeipour, in response to our journalist's question about the mortality rate due to the incidence of supranational avian influenza, said that this year, 14 million poultry in rural and hens and a few poultry disease avian influenza in the detection, diagnosis and so far 10 million birds were destroyed and healthy poultry waste, have been replaced.
He added that the supranational avian influenza this year is around 95 years old and has the same strain of HSN8 and 15 provinces have been affected by the disease.(Continue . . . )
Rafieeipour announced the development of an outbreak plan for influenza and said: "Our strategy for dense provinces is three years old and will be implemented over the next 45 days."