H5N1 Bird Flu virus has been found in world’s largest chicken meat producer

Bird Flu Lab Testing Testing for avian influenza virus takes place at the World Organization for Animal Health laboratory in Campinas, Brazil. Photograph: Amanda Perobelli/Reuters

Luke 21:11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

Important Takeaways:

  • Bird flu: H5N1 virus in Brazil wild birds prompts animal health emergency
  • Brazil – the world’s biggest chicken meat exporter with US$9.7bn in sales in 2022 – has so far confirmed eight cases of the H5N1 in wild birds, including seven in Espirito Santo state and one in Rio de Janeiro state.
  • The agriculture ministry said on Monday that it had created an emergency operations center to coordinate, plan and evaluate “national actions related to avian influenza.”
  • H5N1 infection in wild birds does not trigger trade bans, based on guidelines of the World Organization for Animal Health. However, a case of bird flu on a farm usually results in the entire flock being killed and can trigger trade restrictions from importing countries.

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