Authorities reported that a ship carrying experts was being mobilized to take samples and conduct corresponding analyses.
The Galapagos National Park Directorate (DPNG) and the Galapagos Biosecurity and Quarantine Regulation and Control Agency (ABG) activated emergency health protocols after receiving the report obviously sick birdin the northern part of the archipelago, more precisely in Wolf Island and Genovissa Island.
Ecuadorian authorities report that they are mobilizing a ship with experts Travel to Genoviza Island, 125 kilometers from Puerto Ayora, to collect bird samples perform analysis corresponding Investigate at ABG Laboratories whether Possible outbreak of bird flu.
Pending the results, the country has so far not been affected by this year’s bird flu outbreak Killed thousands of birds and sea lions It neighbors Peru and the coasts of Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil.
The Galapagos Islands are home to approximately 78 species of endemic and native birds, many of which are Migrate to mainland coast feeding so that they may contract the disease.
In the meantime, DPNG and ABG continue to monitor the health status of personnel all wild animals Found on the island. The virus’s adaptability to mammals such as sea lions worried the World Health Organization, which warned in July that May result in disease transmission to humans.
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Advice to follow
For its part, the DPNG in a statement advised everyone to observe birds showing any symptoms, “Do not approach them and do not immediately pick them up and communicate.”
The Galapagos Islands, about a thousand kilometers off the coast of mainland Ecuador, were declared a natural heritage of mankindby UNESCO.