100 Birds Die in Brazil. Country on Alert for Bird Flu.

100 birds died of unknown reasons in a farm in the city of Volta Redonda, southeastern state of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil.

The city’s Sanitary Surveillance Agency sent for lab analysis, this Friday, March 3, samples collected from the birds, and from the water of the lake located at the Barreirinha Farm.

The Lanagro Laboratory, of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, located in Campinas, state of São Paulo, will analyze the material.

The Agency’s Coordinator, Carlos Amaro, said that ducks, geese, wild ducks and fish (totaling 10 kilos) died Monday, February 27, in that farm in the municipality’s rural area. He affirms that this occurrence is not common in the region.

As precautionary measures they closed the area, communicated the fact to the Ministry of Agriculture, collected material, burned dead birds and fish, and started monitoring neighboring properties, which have not had any problems. Amaro said that these sanitary procedures will be maintained in the region, until they get the lab result.

The Coordinator said that, before dying, those animals did not show symptoms of bird flu. And he added that, a week ago, a rat extermination procedure was conducted in the property.

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