The General Directorate of Food and Veterinary Medicine (DGAV) announced that a case of bird flu has been detected in Palmela, and control measures are already in place, noting that there is no evidence that this flu can be transmitted to humans through food consumption. .
“The National Institute of Agrarian and Veterinary Research confirmed that a mortality event that occurred in domestic poultry in the municipality of Palmela occurred due to an infection with a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus of the H5N1 subtype,” the DGAV announced in a statement.
According to the same note, the contingency plan for the bird flu has already been activated. Among the measures provided for in this plan, is the declaration of the place where the disease was detected – “a home farm intended for self-consumption” – as well as the livestock farms in the protection zone around the outbreak.
So far, no industrial poultry breeding technicians have been identified in this area.
The DGAV recalled that there is no evidence that avian flu is transmitted to humans through the consumption of food, such as poultry meat or eggs.
“The origin of the disease is the regular migration of wild birds in Europe, coming from Asia and eastern Russia, which have allowed viral circulation and transmission over long distances“, he added.
This general direction also mentioned that, occasionally, some strains of the virus can infect other animals, “specifically mammals and also humans, however, for this to happen, there needs to be very close contact between the infected birds and people or between birds and other animals”.
Given the “current epidemiological situation”, a DGAV argues that it is important to comply with biosafety rules, as well as good poultry production practices, avoiding contacts between domestic and wild birds.
Hygiene procedures for facilities, equipment and materials must be followed and a “daily and attentive” observation of poultry, including consumption of water, food and production rates, must be maintained.
“It should be remembered that operators who keep poultry or birds in captivity are the first due to the health status of the animals held by them and, in case of any suspicion of disease, it must be immediately communicated to the DGAV. Early detection of outbreaks of infection by highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (GAAP) is absolutely essential for the rapid and effective implementation in the field of disease control measures thus preventing its spread”, he concluded.
DGAV is a central state administration service, with autonomy.