Peru declares a health emergency due to avian influenza outbreak | News

Peru declared a 90-day health emergency on Wednesday after confirming an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu on a poultry farm in the northern Peruvian region of Lambayeque.

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The National Agrarian Health Service (Senasa) indicated in a statement that the measure applies throughout the territory in the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza in domestic birds.

According to Senasa, the outbreaks of H5N1 infection were confirmed in farms located in Lambayeque and the capital Lima.

“The main risk that exists is the transmission between bird and bird itself. The virus is highly deadly, it is our concern,” the head of Senasa, Miguel Quevedo, told local media.

Senasa issued a 180-day health alert a little less than a week ago after confirming three cases of H5N1 avian influenza in pelicans.

According to the National Forestry and Wildlife Service (Serfor), 13,869 seabirds, mostly pelicans, died from H5N1 avian influenza in part of the coast and natural areas of Piura (border with Ecuador), Lambayeque, La Libertad, Ancash, Ica, Moquegua, Tacna and Lima in recent weeks.

Senasa brigades with biosecurity teams manually collect the birds and put them in plastic bags to later bury them.

Serfor specialists have indicated that the first outbreak of avian influenza in the American continent occurred in Canada last year and that in January 2022 the virus was detected in the United States, affecting poultry production.