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09BRASILIA530
2009-04-30 10:35:00
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Embassy Brasilia
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MGSF01: H1N1 FLU AND BRAZIL: SITREP #3

Tags:   TBIO  KFLU  KSTH  CASC  ECON  EAGR  AEMR  ASEC  KSAF  KFLO 
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TAGS: TBIO KFLU KSTH CASC ECON EAGR AEMR ASEC KSAF KFLO
KPAO, PREL, PINR, AMGT, MG, BR
SUBJECT: MGSF01: H1N1 FLU AND BRAZIL: SITREP #3

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(U) THIS MESSAGE IS SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED AND NOT FOR INTERNET
DISTRIBUTION. PLEASE HANDLE ACCORDINGLY.



1. (SBU) This report provides an update on developments in Brazil
regarding the H1N1 flu outbreak.

NEW REPORTED CASES:



2. (SBU) The Health Ministry still has not confirmed any cases of
H1N1 flu in Brazil. As of the afternoon of April 29 the Brazilian
Health Ministry and National Agency on Health Vigilance (ANVISA) are
monitoring 25 suspected cases of H1N1 flu infections within the
country. These cases are spread throughout 11 states in Brazil and
are related to travel between Brazil and Mexico or the United
States.

BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT'S RECENT ACTIONS:



3. (SBU) The Brazilian Government and the Brazilian press continue
to emphasize to the public that consuming well-cooked pork meat
poses no risk of contracting the H1N1 flu. The Brazilian Health
Ministry announced that it has 90 million doses of medicine stored
that can be used to combat flu symptoms. In addition, the Health
Ministry announced that it will obtain 54,000 doses of Tamiflu as a
precaution. The Health Ministry also called upon the Association of
Brazilian Travel Agencies (ABAV) to help them to better inform
tourists about the H1N1 flu outbreak. The Health Ministry
reaffirmed during this meeting that Brazil has no immediate
intentions to restrict travel to and from affected areas. ANVISA
did state, however, that it will increase its monitoring and
inspecting of planes coming in from Spain, New Zealand and the
United Kingdom. It already was doing this with respect to planes
from Mexico, Canada and the United States.



4. (SBU) On April 28 President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva went on
television and radio to calm the public. He said that Brazil was
prepared to address this problem. Also he noted that there was no
reason to spread fear because the H1N1 flu had yet to arrive in
Brazil.



5. (SBU) The Brazilian newspaper "O Estado de Sao Paulo" reported
today that amid talk of potential international cooperation on
developing a vaccine for this new H1N1 strain there are also warning
signs of an obstacle to international cooperation. The paper quotes
"diplomats" as saying that Brazil, Indonesia, and Malaysia continue
to complain to the World Health Organization that they are being
requested to provide virus samples but do not receive any financial
benefit from any resulting vaccines or drugs developed from these
samples. According to this article, this access and benefit sharing
issue could cause tensions to flare as the world seeks to develop
quickly a vaccine for this new threat.



6. (SBU) In a meeting at the Guarulhos International Airport in Sao
Paulo on April 28, officials from the Brazilian Government met with
officials from the Brazilian Airport Infrastructure Company
(INFRAERO), the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), and ANVISA to
discuss ways to prevent the spread of the influenza to Brazil.
During this meeting officials established several directives: the
airlines would be required to report cases of travelers who were
coughing and experiencing fevers higher than 38 degrees centigrade
(100.4 Fahrenheit); the Ministry of Exterior Relations (MRE) would
impose no travel restrictions on Mexico and the United States; and
arriving passengers who are suspected of being infected will be
subjected to exit procedures for the treatment of any person
suspected of carrying an infectious disease. NOTE: This last
directive does not establish exactly what is to be done with such a
passenger, and how long these procedures should take. Additionally,
many of the guidelines and suggestions seemed to be made
haphazardly, perhaps reflecting that the government is still trying
to determine the correct approach to this threat. END NOTE.



7. (SBU) During the meeting, a Mexican airline representative asked
ANVISA Director General Jose Alvarez da Silva why officials at GRU
had not implemented procedures similar to the ones implemented in
airports in Mexico, the United States and Canada. Da Silva opined

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that if the outbreak had started in Brazil those countries would
have already closed their airports to Brazilian air traffic.

DEVELOPMENTS WITH MISSION BRAZIL:



8. (SBU) The H1N1 Flu working group for Mission Brazil met again
this morning to coordinate efforts to foster preventative measures
against a potential H1N1 outbreak within the Mission. Post's
Environment, Science and Technology, and Health (ESTH) Counselor and
ESTH Officer met with Health Ministry officials to underscore the
intense USG interest in developments and to ensure open lines of
communication in case the situation worsens.

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