Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Pancho Cavero: “So far there is no threat to human health, it is encouraging”

Piura. Through a statement on Monday the 14th, the National Agricultural Health Service (SENASA) confirmed the presence of an outbreak of H5 Avian Influenza in Los Cangrejos Beach, Paita Province, Piura Department. According to the same organization, more than 300 dead pelicans have been found on the coast of the above region.

While Senasa has taken swift action to manage this outbreak, it is important to keep a few things in mind. To do this, INFOREGION spoke to veterinarian and environmental activist, Pancho Cavero, who explains that although there is no risk of contagion in humans, it is necessary to take precautions.

Red lines are areas where dead pelicans have been found. Piura region map.

Cavro specified that this virus has arrived to report to Pelican from the US and Canada, without these Migrant animals. “It means they have got infected. no longer a threat to human health, This is encouraging. However, if this outbreak reaches poultry or production birds, it would be terrible as it would have a huge impact on the poultry industry and would be a risk to public health because [ya que consumimos esas aves] It can change the human,” Cavero said.

As is known, avian influenza is a disease that can be transmitted to humans. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) states that the H5 subtype of type A is highly pathogenic, ie it causes a severe disease in birds that can spread rapidly, causing a high mortality rate.

Therefore, it is necessary to take biosecurity measures. Monitoring measures have been taken on all bird breeding farms near the coast from Senasa, Piura beaches. Meanwhile, Cavro warns that SIf any citizen is close to the area having presence of dead birds, it is advised not to handle the said wild birds as it can be a health hazard.

Pelicans On Isla Foka, Piura.  Photo: Yuri Hooker.
Pelicans on Isla Foka, Piura. Photo: Yuri Hooker

“Senasa should be in charge of collecting these animals, don’t let what happened with the oil spill in Ventanilla happen, where the same people collected the birds. Because it could trigger an epidemic if not controlled accordingly I am saying this not to create alarm but to create awareness.”

The Institute of Health is known to have called for calm for poultry producers and consumers in the country, as it has not determined whether this new outbreak poses a risk to the consumption of poultry or seafood products. If you see a pelican that may be infected with H5 avian influenza, contact the nearest SENASA office via its website Also by calling (01) 3133300 or through their social networks.

You can also contact the National Forest and Wildlife Service (Serfor) for these and other cases of stranded dead animals through their WhatsApp ‘Serfor Alert’: +51 947 588 269. In order to report to the surfer, it is important to get an accurate reference to the location of the dead or stranded animal and keep a record of this with photos or videos.

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