The Buenos Aires Provincial Ombudsman’s Office did this in response to cases of disease in marine animals.
In response to recent cases of avian influenza in marine animals, the Buenos Aires Provincial Ombudsman’s Office has issued a series of recommendations for residents and occasional visitors to the coastal city of Buenos Aires.
In this sense, one of the measures recommended by the above-mentioned organizations is to restrict access to sites of mammal (pinniped) specimens and social bird habitats, while they advise “not to manipulate carcasses, remains, products or by-products”. Products of birds and/or mammals found on or near the beach. “
Likewise, another recommendation is not to feed, touch or handle wild animals, while they say people should not approach or try to help animals that are visibly injured or sick if they find them. In turn, they added, notifications must be issued to the competent authorities on SENA-related matters.
Meanwhile, other recommendations include not allowing livestock to come into contact with wild animals and not allowing livestock to transit where marine animals stop and/or rest.
They added that, among other measures, “do not travel by car in beach areas to avoid mechanical transmission of the virus”.
Who is exposed to avian influenza?
People who have been exposed to avian influenza are considered to be those who have been exposed to sick or dead animals in areas with influenza A/H5 outbreaks, or whose environment has been contaminated by excreta, including feces, blood and respiratory secretions, the ombudsman’s office said. Within the past 10 days, a bird or other animal has been tested without adequate use of personal protective equipment.
They added: “If you have been exposed to a susceptible, sick or dead animal and begin to develop symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, please consult health services quickly and report the exposure.”
“It is important to note that people can sometimes become infected with avian influenza viruses, primarily through direct contact with live or dead infected animals or their contaminated environment,” they detailed.