Brazil declares animal health emergency for avian influenza


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Brazil has declared a 180-day animal health emergency after avian influenza was discovered in wild birds.

Agriculture and Livestock Minister Carlos Favaro signed a decree late Monday declaring a nationwide health emergency.

This measure aims to prevent the spread of the disease to commercial and subsistence poultry farms. and to conserve wildlife and human health.

“The declaration of an animal health emergency enables government funding and coordination with other ministries and government agencies at three levels: federal, state and municipal governments, and with NGOs. STICKS Financial resources and the technological materials needed to take emergency action to prevent the spread of the disease,” Favaro said.

The Royal Decree also enforces the suspension of exhibitions, competitions, trade fairs. and other activities with bird gatherings and outdoor bird breeding.

This measure applies to all production, ornamental birds, caged pieds, wild or exotic birds in captivity, and other birds bred for other purposes.


The order came after officials in Brazil detected three more cases in the southeastern states of Espiritu Santo and Rio de Janeiro. Of these, 8 cases of wild bird infection were reported.

Because the virus is not produced for commercial purposes. The World Animal Health Organization has not yet revoked Brazil’s flu-free status. However, people have been instructed not to touch or handle dead or sick birds to reduce the potential spread of the disease.

after national emergency The Secretariat for Agricultural Defense of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply has established an Emergency Operations Center to coordinate, plan and assess “national action related to avian influenza”.

“The group will be responsible for coordinating prevention, surveillance and public health action. as well as linking information between ministries, agencies, government agencies and other private sectors,” the statement said.

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