Avian Flu Spreads to Birds in Venezuela

6 December 2022 02:15

An outbreak of bird flu in pelicans has authorities in Venezuela taking emergency efforts to protect poultry producers.

Numerous pelicans were found dead over the weekend along Venezuela's coast as the species arrived amid their annual winter migration. Other outbreaks among pelicans prompted bird flu alerts in Peru and Ecuador.

Avian flu has been striking migratory birds across North America and in many other countries in recent months. The pelicans' bodies appeared on beaches and waterfronts mangrove forests and up in the trees in the northwest state of Anzoátegui. Tests turned up positive cases of bird flu. 

As a preventative measure, the government imposed a 90-day quarantine on five states. Authorities are evaluating measures to avoid the spread of the flu to birds of other species especially those eaten by humans.