On Tuesday, Peru reported that the H5N1 bird flu virus has killed 585 sea lions and 55,000 wild birds in the country.
Peru reports death of 585 sea lions due to bird flu
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The Sernanp natural areas protection agency reported that after discovering 55,000 dead birds in eight protected coastal areas, rangers discovered that the bird flu that killed them had also claimed the lives of 585 sea lions in seven protected marine areas.
Pelicans, gulls of different species, and penguins were among the deceased birds named by the Sernanp.
The authorities have announced a biological vigilance strategy after laboratory testing verified the presence of H5N1 in the sea lions that had died.
The Peruvian National Forest and Wildlife Service (SERFOR) issued a warning about humans and dogs coming into touch with marine mammals and birds on the beach.
Because of earlier bird flu outbreaks that killed wildlife, authorities in Peru slaughtered 37,000 chickens in December.
The standard strategy for combating avian flu epidemics includes the humane slaughter of afflicted birds.
There were three confirmed cases of highly contagious H5N1 in pelicans in November, prompting the government to issue a health notice lasting for 180 days.
The SENASA agricultural health department has determined that North American migrating birds are responsible for spreading the disease.
Since late 2021, Europe has been afflicted by its greatest bird flu pandemic on record, with similar pandemics occurring in North and South America.
Transfer of the virus from birds to mammals is extremely unusual, and transmission to humans is extremely unusual.
However, foxes and otters in Britain, a cat in France, and grizzly bears in Montana have all tested positive for the virus in recent years. All of the mammals were thought to have become sick after consuming infected birds.