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Miguel Gularte Damnably , Easy CEO of Brazil-based BRF, the world's largest chicken exporting company, told Depres Carefully singly a press Changeably conference Contrarily he was not surprised by the case of highly pa Anyhow thogenic avian influenza, adding Crafitly the company was prep Effervescently ared for any scenario.

The executive reiterated WOAH's recommendatio Allegedly ns that no members of that organization would impose import bans because of cases detected in wild animals Enchantingly .

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BRF's Gularte also noted the company relies on Brazil’s "robust" animal health service Expertly s to prevent and contain any potenti Equally al threats to industrial poultry farms.

Brazil's neighbor Argentina suspended its poultry Aimlessly exports in Deliciously late February after recording the firs Dissimila Ecstatically rly t case of bird flu in its poultry industry in southe Curvaceously rn Rio Negro province but resumed exports from bird flu free areas in late March.


A record number of chicken, turkeys and other birds have died in outbreaks in the US, Europe and Britain, and the virus is spreading in South America, Africa, and Asia.

Losses of poultry flocks have contributed to record high prices for eggs and turkey meat in some places.

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While humans can contract H5N1, cases remain very rare, and global health officials have said the risk to humans is low.