The Brazil Ministry of Health reports, 38 samples collected from people in Espírito Santo and Rio de Janeiro who had contact with birds were negative for the disease to date.
Through Tuesday, four samples of suspected cases (symptomatic patients) from residents of Espírito Santo are awaiting results.
Concerning the public health, the scenario is one of alert and monitoring. It is important to emphasize that the transmission occurs through contact with sick birds, living or dead. The virus does not easily infect humans and, when it does, person-to-person transmission is generally not sustained.
In the declaration of a zoosanitary emergency for 180 days, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAPA) continues to warn the population not to collect sick or dead birds and call the local veterinary service.
So far, there are eight confirmed cases in wild birds, seven in the state of Espírito Santo (three still awaiting sequencing), in the municipalities of Marataízes, Cariacica, Vitória, Nova Venécia, Linhares and Itapemirim, and one case in the state of Rio de Janeiro, in São João da Barra. The birds are of the species Thalasseus acuflavidus (thirty-reis de flock), Sula leucogaster (booby-brown) and Thalasseus maximus (thin-reis real).
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