The Ministry of Well being is investigating a suspected case of avian influenza A (H5N1), or hen flu, within the state of Espírito Santo. The affected person is a 61-year-old man from Vitória, who works in the identical park the place a contaminated hen was discovered. The affected person has delicate flu-like signs and is in isolation.
One other 32 individuals who additionally work on the web site had samples collected for investigation. The fabric is being analyzed by the Central Public Well being Laboratory (Lacen) in Espírito Santo, and can then be despatched to Fiocruz, the state’s reference laboratory.
If confirmed, it will likely be the primary case of contamination in people by influenza A in Brazil. Avian flu is transmitted via contact with sick birds, whether or not alive or lifeless by the illness. Regardless of being thought of extremely contagious, the an infection between birds and other people doesn’t occur simply, and from human to human it “will not be sustained”, in keeping with the Ministry of Well being. “It is very important level out that there have been no confirmed circumstances of avian influenza A (H5N1) in people in Brazil,” the ministry mentioned in a observe.
On Monday, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (Mapa) had confirmed the detection of the primary three circumstances of the Avian Influenza virus in three wild birds on the coast of Espírito Santo. Two of the three contaminated birds are of the Trinta-réis-de-bando species (Thalasseus acuflavidus), which had been discovered within the municipalities of Marataízes and in Vitória (Jardim Camburi district). The third sick animal is a brown booby (Sula leucogaster), a migratory hen that was on the Institute for Analysis and Rehabilitation of Marine Animals in Cariacica (Ipram). The nation was on excessive alert concerning the illness since circumstances had been recognized in neighboring international locations within the first months of this 12 months. The variety of outbreaks has been rising throughout the planet.
“The world is experiencing the best pandemic of Extremely Pathogenic Avian Influenza (IAAP) and most circumstances are associated to the contact of migratory wild birds with subsistence, manufacturing or native wild birds”, knowledgeable the Ministry. “Relying on evolution, sanitary measures will be adopted.”
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