Avian flu alert: SAG provides measures to avoid contagion, after confirming cases of infected birds in the north

What to do in the presence of birds with symptoms of avian flu (flu), what to do in case of dead birds and what protective measures to take to avoid contagion from other birds on the property, are part of the set of recommendations provided by the Agricultural and Livestock Service -SAG upon confirmation of highly pathogenic positive cases in northern Chile.

The Ministry of Agriculture through the service, up to the date of publication of this article, has progressively confirmed positive cases with the disease in each region from Arica and Parinacota (detected on December 5) to Coquimbo (confirmed on the afternoon of this Thursday, 29 December). All correspond to wild birds and especially pelicans.

INDAP currently works with 12,000 poultry farmers from the Territorial Development Program (Prodesal), 3,500 through the Indigenous Territorial Development Program (PDTI) and 100 who are now part of the Technical Advisory Service (SAT). The purposes of this production are different: commercial, self-consumption, sale of eggs, meat or other.

INDAP invites producers of family farming to pay attention to these actions, also aimed at those who work, interact or carry out activities in which wildlife is observed, both in the field and in rescue or rehabilitation centres.

First of all: attention to immediate measures

  1. Do not handle or pick up sick or dead birds
  2. Communicate with SAG through the following options: a) Visit or call your local SAG office. b) Call 223451100 (during office hours) or +56969089780 (during non-business hours). c) Write to oficina.informaciones@sag.gob.cl

What is bird flu and what are its symptoms?

Avian influenza (AI), also known as bird flu, is a highly contagious viral disease affecting domestic and wild birds with no cure. Eventually it can be passed on to other species, including humans.

This complex disease is present throughout the world, but with different more or less frequent subtypes depending on the regions of the planet and can be classified in the category of Low Pathogenicity (LPAI), which causes few or no clinical signs, and High Pathogenicity (HPAI ).), leading to severe clinical signs and potentially high mortality rates.

Among the symptoms that birds may present are: Lack of appetite and incoordination in movements. ruffled plumage. Shortness of breath, runny nose. Diarrhea. Swollen head and bluish color of comb, wattles and feet. Prostration and death.


  1. Keep your birds in a protected location, isolated from animals, people and wild birds.
  2. Protect your water and food, these attract wild birds.
  3. Regularly clean and disinfect bird facilities.
  4. When you bring in birds from other sources, keep them separate from your birds for 21 days.
  5. Control the entry of people, tools, animals and vehicles into your chicken coop.
  6. Wash your hands with disinfectant soap and water after handling your birds.

Here the information of the World Health Organization

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