Epidemiological Update Outbreaks of avian influenza and public health implications in the Region of the Americas - 14 December 2022

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Considering the increasing detection of outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in birds in eight countries in the Region of the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) reiterates the guidance on surveillance laboratory diagnostics in human and animal samples. PAHO/WHO recommends monitoring and early detection of influenza-like illness (ILI) or severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) in persons exposed to birds (domestic, wild, or captive) infected with avian influenza viruses.