SAN ANTONIO – An expert in mammalian infection and surveillance from the International Union for Conservation of Nature will arrive in the province this weekend due to the presence of avian influenza viruses in samples of sea lions that inhabit the coast of the Rionegro. It will continue to analyze samples to determine the virus’ origin and possible mutations.
This was confirmed by Environment and Climate Change Minister Diana Migani, who reported that professionals will train staff in the region on sampling and monitoring cases: “We want to verify whether there is any virus Mutations, a potential possibility of infection, because it is not known how the wolves became infected. It is estimated that the disease was transmitted from birds to wolves, but there may be mutations that have the potential to spread to humans. “explain.
Also, in light of this situation, an Inter-Agency Crisis Committee was formed, composed of professionals from the Secretariat; the Environmental Sanitation Department of the Ministry of Health; the Municipality of Viedma; Senasa; Spread accurate information about this issue.
“It is estimated that the disease was transmitted from birds to wolves, but there may be mutations and the possibility of infecting humans”
In this sense, the official reiterated the importance of the population taking extreme precautions, the most prominent of which is Do not go to beaches, especially those in affected areas, and reduce risk by avoiding exposure. Control of pets is critical as their contact with affected areas may facilitate the spread of the virus.
Likewise, stay away from sea lions and dead birds, and avoid touching surfaces that may be contaminated with saliva, mucous membranes, or bird waste.
In case of dead animals or unusual behaviour, please report to the authorities through the official Senasa website – www.senasa.gob.ar -.
“At this time, the responsibility of the community is paramount to prevent the spread of the virus and safeguard health,” Migani said.
Last Thursday, Senasa confirmed a case of bird flu in a specimen of marine pellets in the Punta Bermeja Nature Reserve. In recent days, more than a dozen samples with symptoms related to the disease have been confirmed on public beaches after monitoring missions by the Ministry of the Environment and local municipality staff. Loberia.
The Ministry of the Environment, in accordance with its powers, approved a resolution deciding to close the natural area to the public for 21 days, a time extended by the course of the disease.
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