Brazil has declared a state of emergency for animal health after the discovery of five cases of bird flu

Sao Paulo (EFE) – The government of Brazil, the world’s largest chicken exporter, announced this Monday that it would declare an “animal health emergency” after discovering five cases bird flu in wild birds in two states in the southeast of the country.

The state of emergency comes into force with the publication of the rulebook in the Official Gazette, which is scheduled from this Monday until tomorrow, Tuesday, and will be valid for 180 days, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock reported. on EFE.

The Brazilian government has confirmed five cases of bird flu in wild birds found in Espírito Santo and Rio de Janeiro, states in the southeast of the country far from the main chicken production centers, which are concentrated in the south of the country.

The Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) In the press release, he pointed out that the country maintains the status of “free” from bird flu, so he does not expect an impact on the export of chicken, which reached 9.762 million dollars in 2022.

Chicken producers, who have stepped up preventive measures in chicken farmshe pointed out that the Brazilian government has presented clarifications to the main destinations for meat imports to explain the preventive measures that have already been implemented.

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They are reviewing bird flu cases in humans

The Ministry of Health conducted tests on 33 suspected cases transmission of bird flu to humans and currently all are negative, except for two cases that are still under investigation, the latest information from that office.

The Ministry of Agriculture reminded that the disease is not transmitted through the consumption of meat or eggs, but through contact with sick birds.

The state of emergency to be declared by the Ministry of Agriculture enables the authorities to implement contingency plans designed to control the spread of disease.

These plans envisage the adoption of stricter surveillance measures on farms, the introduction of control of people’s access to areas with sources of infection, as well as establishing the obligation to report all suspected cases.

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