Nearly 600 sea lions die due to bird flu outbreak in Peru

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In Peru, about 585 sea lions and 55,000 wild birds have died in recent weeks due to the H5N1 bird flu virus.

An overview of the news

  • According to the Sarnap Natural Area Conservation Agency, after discovering 55,000 dead birds in eight protected coastal areas, rangers found that all of them died due to bird flu.

  • Along with this, 585 sea lions have also died in 7 protected marine areas.

  • Dead birds include pelicans, different types of gulls and penguins.

  • H5N1 has also been confirmed in dead sea lions in laboratory tests. After this the authorities announced the Biological Vigilance Protocol.

  • Peru's National Forest and Wildlife Service has urged people and their pets to avoid and stay away from sea lions and seabirds at the beach.

Avian Influenza (H5N1)

  • Bird flu, also known as avian influenza (AI), is a highly contagious viral disease that affects species of food-producing birds (chickens, turkeys, quail, guinea fowl, etc.), as well as domesticated birds and wild animals.

  • Avian influenza virus subtypes are A(H5N1), A(H7N9), A(H9N2) and A(H10N3).

  • Types B and C mostly infect humans and usually cause mild illness.

About Peru

  • Peru is the third largest country in South America, after Brazil and Argentina.

  • President: Dina Boluarte

  • Capital: Lima

  • Currency : Nuevo Sol

  • Major Mountain Ranges: Andes

  • Major Rivers: Amazon, Ucayali, Madre de Dios

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