The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil has declared a 180-day state of animal health emergency throughout the country due to the detection of cases of avian influenza.
The agency took the measure to prevent the disease from spreading to poultry, commercial and subsistence production, as well as to prevent the health of people and wildlife in general.
According to the ministry, the declaration enables the mobilization of resources to act preventively and avoid the spread of the virus, despite the registration, the consumer can continue to eat poultry meat and eggs without problems.
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Fávaro also added that the detection of these new cases should not generate impacts on Brazilian exports, extending the suspension of exhibitions, tournaments or fairs with agglomeration of poultry.
Brazil is the world’s largest chicken exporter since 2004, and reporting outbreaks in the industry could jeopardize the global trade of this product with 35%.
However, transmission to humans is rare and usually occurs through close contact with infected birds, this disease can cause the death of wild birds and poultry such as ducks, hens and chickens.