• Categories
  • Archives

Brazil Starts Aggressive Info Campaign on Bird Flu in Airports

The Brazilian National Sanitary Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) started an information campaign today on bird flu in Brazil’s international airports, especially the airports in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

The campaign is directed at passengers embarking on flights to countries where cases of the disease have already occurred or regions that border on these countries. The campaign will continue indefinitely.

According to the general manager of Sanitary Surveillance of Ports, Airports, Borders, and Customs Quarters, Paulo Ricardo Nunes, 50,000 book markers and 60 thousand folders (placed in airplane seat pockets) will be distributed in this initial phase.

The literature contains orientation on precautions that international flight passengers should take to keep from catching the disease. Avoiding contact with live birds and eschewing food that is not well-cooked are among the recommendations.

"ANVISA’s intention is to protect people who are leaving Brazil and going to areas where cases of the disease have been reported, making them well aware of the precautions they should adopt to avoid contact and minimize the risk of being contaminated by the disease," Nunes affirmed.

The campaign is part of a group of preventive measures the Brazilian government is taking to cope with an eventual pandemic of H5N1 influenza, the most aggressive subtype among the viruses that cause flu.

"We are already making preparations to deal with people coming from the areas in which cases of the disease have been registered," the general manager said.

"We shall intensify baggage inspection as well as gather data on the people who arrive here so that we can identify them quickly in case anyone displays symptoms."

Agência Brasil

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Argentina’s Kirchner Pays Brazil First State Visit

The President of Argentina, Nestor Kirchner, is in Brazil on his first State visit ...

30,000 in Brazil Forced to Leave Home Due to Rains. Army Called.

Rains in northern Brazil have caused the level of the Acre River to rise ...

Jobs in Brazil Grow for Fifth Month in a Row

The level of employment in Brazilian industry grew 1% in September, compared with August. ...

Brazil’s Road Equipment Maker Gets Joint Venture in Egypt

Brazilian company Randon, a road equipment maker, has just established a joint venture with ...

Brazilian Policemen Try to Invade Congress to Get Better Salaries

In Brazil, about 100 members of the Civil and Military Police from various states ...

Brazil Leaves Key Interest Rate Alone at a Steep 13.75%

Brazil's Monetary Policy Committee (Copom) decided to keep, this Wednesday, October 29, the Selic, ...

Why Is Brazil Afraid Vice Alencar Will Become President?

A common denominator unites all the political, business and union forces in Brazil: the ...

Foot and Mouth Disease Crosses into Another State in Brazil

Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry confirmed this week another outbreak of foot and mouth disease, two ...

Brazil: Why Is Everyone Partying?

A party happens on a birthday, or a wedding. I loathe parties. I can’t ...

Fidel Castro Calls Brazil’s Lula Brave for Backing Barack Obama

The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, met with former Cuban president ...