Brazil, the world’s largest chicken exporter, has declared a nationwide “animal health emergency” after eight cases of avian influenza were detected in wild birds, officials said.
The 180-day measure was announced Monday night by the Ministry of Agriculture. It said in a statement it aimed to “prevent (the virus) from spreading to farm birds and commercial poultry operations. as well as protecting animal and human health.”
The measure came after authorities confirmed three new cases of bird flu on Monday. Bringing the total to 8 since the disease was first detected in the country two weeks ago.
All cases are in wild birds.
One case has been reported in the state of Rio de Janeiro and seven in neighboring Espirito Santo. Both are located in the southeast of Brazil.
The measure extends the suspension of bird-related fairs and exhibitions.
Agriculture Minister Carlos Favaro said it would “mobilize resources” to take precautionary measures to contain the virus.
Brazil, the world’s biggest chicken exporter, last year It supplies about 35% of all poultry in the international market.
The current bird flu outbreak started in Canada in 2021 and then spread to the United States and Latin America.
There is no cure for this often fatal disease in both wild and captive birds.
The avian influenza virus does not usually infect humans. Although there are some rare cases.
Industry group ABPA said the case would not affect Brazilian exports. Because there is no infection in commercial operations.
© 2023 AFP
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