Public health officials in North Carolina are investigating 19 confirmed cases of measles there since mid-April, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on 30 April 2013. The cases so far have occurred in Stokes, Orange, and Polk counties, and more than 1,000 people have been notified of possible exposure in these as well as Forsyth, Guilford, and Chatham counties. Most of the cases to date have been in people visiting Prabhupada Village, a rural Hare Krishna community in Stokes County; additionally, two case-patients attended the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival in Chatham County while they were infectious. Most infections have occurred in unvaccinated people. State health officials are reminding people of the importance of vaccination, even if they have already been exposed, and are recommending that unvaccinated individuals stay away from Prabhupada Village and any other highly populated areas in Stokes County until the outbreak is over.
Five outbreaks of H7N3 avian flu in poultry in Mexico’s Jalisco, Guanajuato, and Puebla states have killed 40,010 birds and led to the culling of 850,005 others, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) reported 8 May 2013. Two of the outbreaks were in Jalisco, including one that began 1 March 2013 in a 16-bird backyard flock and one that affected 320,000 birds from 29 April to 2 May 2013 on a commercial layer farm. Two outbreaks in early April 2013 were confirmed in Guanajuato, one in a heavy breeder flock and one on a fattening farm. On one farm 319,398 birds were culled, and on the other 100,601 birds were culled to prevent disease spread. The final outbreak, in Puebla, began 1 May 2013 and was resolved 7 May 2013. It involved by far the most poultry killed by the virus, 40,000, with 110,000 additional birds culled. All told, 890,015 poultry died in the five outbreaks and culls. In April 2013, Mexican authorities said that recent H7N3 outbreaks had destroyed almost four million poultry and cost farmers about $32 million.
Outbreaks of H7N3 avian flu between 25 March and 1 April 2013 have led to almost four million poultry deaths in Guanajuato and Jalisco states, reported on 1 April 2013. Official figures indicate that 1,984,000 broilers, 847,000 breeders, and 918,221 laying hens have died, for a total of 3,749,221, on 52 farms and in four backyard flocks. In addition, more than 131 million vaccine doses have been administered to flocks in Jalisco, Aguascalientes, and Guanajuato states, as well as in nine additional “federal entities”. So far, 117 of 158 farms in Guanajuato have already been inspected by officials, and H7N3 was found on 25 of them, as well as in two of 195 backyard flocks. In Jalisco, 27 of 535 farms and two of 135 backyard flocks tested positive. The outbreaks have cost farmers $32 million. Mexico culled about 3.8 million birds in 2012 to help prevent disease spread after multiple H7N3 outbreaks in Jalisco.