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Bird flu breaks out in Argentina/ 220 flamingos die

2023-11-27 19:21:00, Kosova & Bota CNA
Bird flu breaks out in Argentina/ 220 flamingos die
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Bird flu has broken out in Argentina.

Officials have confirmed that 220 flamingos have died from the flu in the north-west of Argentina.

Some of the flamingos in Catamarca, Argentina tested positive for bird flu.

The BBC reports that this fact was announced to the local media by the official of biodiversity, Anabella Ahumada.

Local authorities said they had taken measures to contain the spread of the virus. They also warned locals not to touch any dead birds or animals.

The dead birds are of the James's flamingo species (Phoenicoparrus jamesi), which lives at high altitudes in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Peru.

Two other species of flamingo live in the Catamarca lagoons, but so far only James's flamingos appear to have been infected.

Experts warn that the H5N1 strain of the virus currently spreading in South America could widely infect birds within days.

It can also be spread to humans and other mammals through feces and saliva.

In August, more than 50 sea lions died of bird flu off Argentina's Atlantic coast, and earlier this year thousands were found dead in Chile and Peru./ CNA

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