The Peruvian Minister of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri), Juan Altamirano Quispe, said Thursday that the H5N1 avian influenza situation is under control, while the health authorities confirmed the slaughter of 37,000 infected poultry.
Peru declares a health emergency due to avian influenza outbreak
The head of the portfolio pointed out that the disease will pass when the virus completes its biological cycle and pointed out that work is being done in coordination with other sectors, such as health, in order to keep the situation under control.
Altamirano affirmed during a meeting of the Council of Ministers, headed by President Pedro Castillo, that the population can “continue consuming meat and eggs, there is no need to worry in this regard.”
Minister Juan Altamirano declared at a press conference after the Council of Ministers. The head of MIDAGRI detailed the follow-up carried out by the sector on the #AvianInfluenza that affects the country. “The @Senasa_Peru has been continuously monitoring the situation,” he said. pic.twitter.com/p4jBjwQTjy
— MIDAGRI – PERU (@midagriperu)
December 1, 2022
For its part, the National Agrarian Health Service (Senasa) announced the slaughter of 37,000 poultry and stressed that “this infectious focus has already ended on a small farm in Huacho,” located north of Lima.
The health authorities specified that the slaughter method is used to “prevent the disease, which is highly lethal in birds, from being transferred to other locations.” Local media outlets reported that nearly 14,000 seabirds have perished due to bird flu.
During the Cabinet meeting, the head of Health, Kelly Portalatino, called for calm in the presence of the H5N1 bird flu in the country. The expert ruled out that meat consumption is a risk and the existence of infections in people who have had contact with infected birds.
The Union of Galleros of Peru prohibited the holding of cockfights in a statement and urged the organizers of fighting championships to extend the events until the health emergency is over.
Last Wednesday, Senasa declared a health emergency throughout the national territory for a period of 90 days after confirming positive cases of H5N1 avian influenza on farms located in Lambayeque (northwest) and in the Peruvian capital.