Senasa confirmed this. The same virus has been found in sea lions in Viedma. They remind people not to approach these beaches.
Sea lions found in Necochea in Buenos Aires and Loyola Port in Santa Cruz died of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HIAP) H5. On Viedma Beach, they also found at least a dozen samples with flu-like symptoms.
Senasa National Laboratory revealed in a news release that it diagnosed positive samples for the disease in samples taken from a fur of the yellowish sea lion species.
This attention was born in the south with the discovery of specimens in Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego, and began to spread to the province of Buenos Aires. In addition to Necochea, they found bodies in the last hours in Ourense, Tres Arroyos and Mar del Plata port terminals.
found some in viedma Ten sea lions show symptoms of bird flu Located between El Condo Hot Springs and the Punta Bermeja Nature Reserve, as confirmed by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change of the Rionegro and members of the local municipality, access to beaches in the area is therefore limited.
The restriction on the use of Punta Bermeja beach is a precautionary principle, announced to the Télam agency on Thursday by the Deputy Minister of the Environment and Climate Change of the state of Rio Negro, Fabian Janos. “We really don’t know how the spread of this virus has evolved,” he said, adding that the recommendation for animal carcasses is to bury them under the Senasa protocol.
Also in Tierra del Fuego, 21 sea lions died, at least 7 confirmed to be infected with bird fluSo the provincial government put up billboards preventing people from entering the Rio Grande city’s coastal sanctuary.
“Avian influenza is a potentially zoonotic disease, meaning it can be transmitted from animals to humans,” authorities in Rio Negro said, warning that “in the feces and secretions of birds and marine mammals Disease-causing viruses can be found in animals and pose a real risk to those who may come into contact with these animals or their fluids.”
“strongly demand Do not enter affected beach areasavoiding contact with these areas can help reduce the risk of contagion,” they clarify.
In addition, it is also reminded that No pets allowed to the beach because “the exposure of domestic animals to the virus is very dangerous and facilitates its spread.”
Authorities also recommend keeping a safe distance and avoiding direct contact “to minimize the chance of virus transmission if sea lions are seen or dead birds are found.” The advice is “do not touch surfaces, whether wild or free-ranging, that may be contaminated with saliva, mucous membranes or bird droppings”.