Brazil detected the first case of avian influenza in backyard animals and a catastrophe is feared if the virus spreads to a commercial farm
Published Jul 18, 2023
The Brazilian government has detected the first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5) in backyard birds in the municipality of Maracajá, causing alarm in the poultry industry. While the occurrence does not compromise Brazil's status as a country free of influenza, the government has decided to suspend the sale of live birds and poultry meat outside the state of Santa Catarina as a preventive measure. The potential interruption of Brazilian poultry meat exports could have significant consequences for both the meat protein and grain markets, as the poultry sector is a large consumer of corn and soybean meal.
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The Brazilian government reported that it detected the first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5) in backyard birds located in the municipality of Maracajá (Santa Catarina) and the poultry industry of that nation entered a state of general alarm. The event, confirmed on Saturday and reported on Monday by the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, was detected on a property with chickens, pheasants, geese, ducks and turkeys that were raised loose for personal consumption by the family that owns them. “According to the Terrestrial Animal Health Code of the World Organization for Animal Health (WHO), the occurrence of highly pathogenic influenza virus infection in wild and domestic subsistence birds does not compromise Brazil's status as a country free of influenza. disease," said the Ministry of Agriculture. However, as a preventive measure, the government announced the decision to suspend the sale of live birds and poultry meat outside the state of Santa Catarina until the ...