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International News: Over 5,000 pelicans dead due to bird flu outbreak in Peru

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2022. 9:33 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Authorities in Peru say that over 5,500 pelicans have died due to an outbreak of bird flu, BBC reports.

The carcasses of the pelicans were found on beaches and some in protected areas.

Biologists say that over 13,000 birds have been killed by the H5N1 avian influenza strain.

Officials in Peru have already declared a health alert to prevent its spread to farm poultry.

H5N1 can spread extremely quickly between birds through their droppings and saliva.

The virus can also spread to humans if they are in close contact with an infected bird.

There is also a wave of bird flu in Europe and the U.S.

 

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