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Brazil Reports 13rd Case of of H5N1 Avian Influenza

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OIG Research

On the evening of May 29th, local time, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply issued a statement announcing the first case of H5N1 avian influenza in Rio Grande do Sul State. This brings the total number of reported H5N1 bird flu cases in Brazil to 13.

 

On the evening of May 29th, local time, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply issued a statement announcing the first case of H5N1 avian influenza in Rio Grande do Sul State. This brings the total number of reported H5N1 bird flu cases in Brazil to 13.

 

The reported case of avian influenza was found in a wild bird, specifically a black-necked swan, in the Taim Ecological Station in Rio Grande do Sul State. The Taim Ecological Station was closed on May 26th as a precautionary measure. The statement also mentioned that one case of H5N1 avian influenza in terns was reported in the states of Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo.

 

So far, Brazil has reported a total of 13 cases of H5N1 avian influenza, with 9 cases in the state of Espirito Santo, 3 cases in the state of Rio de Janeiro, and 1 case in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. As of now, avian influenza has posed a "relentless" situation for Brazil, the world's largest exporter of poultry meat. Although Brazil has declared a state of animal health emergency for a period of 180 days, the avian influenza outbreak has not yet affected domestic and commercial poultry production in the country, and the supply of poultry products for both domestic and export markets remains normal and orderly.

 

In response to the outbreak, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply has established an emergency action center to prevent the spread of avian influenza in the country. The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply stated, "We will continue to monitor avian influenza in wild birds. The rapid detection and control of outbreaks in wild birds are crucial for Brazil's efforts. Additionally, strong cooperation between state and federal authorities is essential to maintain Brazil's status as a country free from avian influenza."

 

As the largest exporter of chicken meat in the world, Brazil had never previously reported any cases of avian influenza within its borders. Faced with the outbreak of avian influenza in several South American countries since early 2023, Brazil has remained on high alert. We also hope that Brazil can continue to keep its poultry sector unaffected by the epidemic, thereby ensuring that foreign trade in poultry products will not be suspended.