Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Venezuela announces health alert for bird flu in pelicans

Venezuela declared a 90-day health alert in five coastal states after AH5N1 avian influenza cases were detected in pelicans for the first time in the country, the government announced on Friday.

Minister of Science and Technology, Gabriela Jimenez, said on Twitter, “The AH5N1 avian influenza virus detected in pelicans located in the northern coastal region of the state of Anzotegui [este], For this reason, preventive measures and health alerts are being developed.

The discovery occurred in the city of Puerto Píritu, west of Anzoátegui, and constitutes the “first report of influenza type A, subtype H5” for Venezuela.

The “state of alert” includes Anzoátegui, Miranda, Nueva Esparta, La Guaira and Sucre, where a period of “quarantine” will be imposed, indicated a resolution of the Ministries of Agriculture and Science and Technology.

Technical teams are carrying out monitoring and surveillance work, the minister said, noting that the cases reported in Venezuela are similar to pelican infections in other countries.

During the state of alert, “movement of live birds and fertile eggs” in quarantine areas is prohibited. In addition, birds that are positive or those with epidemiological links that pose risks of virus transmission would be slaughtered and “gallant events, fairs and exhibitions with the presence of birds and pigs” were prohibited.

In Peru, for example, about 14,000 seabirds have died, mostly pelicans, due to H5N1 avian influenza along part of its coast and protected natural areas, while Ecuador has implemented a plan to protect wild birds on the islands. Activated. Galapagos, containing unique flora and fauna in the world.

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