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The infection of a migratory bird with the H5N1 virus, known as Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) or Avian Influenza, was confirmed in Rio de Janeiro this Saturday.

Rio de Janeiro State/CDC

The bird was found on Ilha do Governador, in the North Zone of the state of Rio, on the 23rd of May, where material was collected for analysis by the Federal Laboratory for Agricultural Defense of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply. As a preventive measure, the three people who collected the animal are being monitored by the state and municipal departments of Rio de Janeiro. So far, none of them has flu symptoms and, therefore, samples were not collected for tests. 

Two other cases of contaminated wild birds, also of the same species, had already been confirmed in the state: They were found in São João da Barra, in the north of Fluminense, and in Cabo Frio, in the Lagos region. There are 10 confirmed cases in the country so far. All in wild birds. The other cases were confirmed in the state of Espírito Santo.

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And after registering the detection of the virus and the first deaths in birds due to the Avian Influenza virus in Brazil, this May, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock declared a zoosanitary emergency throughout the country.

The ordinance was published in the Official Gazette on May 22 and is valid for 6 months, with the possibility of extension if necessary.

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Health entities continue to warn the population not to pick up sick or dead birds if they find them, since human infections with the H1N5 virus occur through direct contact with infected birds.

So far, there is no registered case of a commercial bird or human being infected with avian influenza in the country. The disease is not transmitted by eating chicken or eggs.