The government confirmed the first case of bird flu in a wild mammal

The government confirmed the first case of bird flu in a wild mammal
September 5, 2023 – 21:41

The animal was found dead on Playa del Cerro and, after the swabs, it tested positive, they said from the MGAP.

Photo: MGAP

He Ministry of Livestock Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP) detected the first case of bird flu in a wild mammal, after confirming that a sea lion found dead in the Cerro Beach He suffered from the disease that for part of the year sowed fear in the productive system.

It is the first case of Avian Influenza H5 in a wild mammal in Uruguay, as indicated by the MGAP, who confirmed the situation after carrying out the corresponding analyzes by the National Directorate of Aquatic Resources and the General Directorate of Livestock Services of that portfolio.

The animal had been seen for the first time on Thursday, August 31, with compatible symptoms and was then controlled until September 2, the day on which the corresponding swabs were taken and it was positive.

Faced with this confirmation, from the portfolio led by the minister fernando mattos They strongly recommended “avoid direct contact of people and pets with living or dead sea lions.”

In addition, to find specimens of these species with the corresponding symptoms or dead, they asked people to notify the following email address: [email protected].


In May there were at least 8 coatis infected with bird flu

It is worth remembering that at the end of May the MGAP reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OMSA) the first outbreak of bird flu in mammals, after the death of at least eight coatis in the Tálice Ecopark of Flowers. However, outside of that outbreak, there were no more cases, so the MGAP isolation measures worked correctly.

In turn, the General Directorate of Livestock Services of the MGAP suspended on August 16 temporarily and for 60 days the avian flu health emergency, which had been ordered on February 15, 2023.

Source: Ambito

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