Peruvian authorities say bird flu has killed pelicans and hundreds of sea lions in protected areas across the country.
Bird flu kills hundreds of sea lions, pelicans in Peru
Bird flu has killed tens of thousands of birds, mostly pelicans, and at least 716 sea lions in protected areas across Peru, authorities say, as the H5N1 strain spreads throughout the region.
Peru recorded its first case of the virus in November in birds in the north of the country.
Since then it has killed 63,000 birds, according to government data.
“We have also recorded since mid-January the unusual death of many sea lions, so far we have about 716 dead sea lions in seven protected natural areas of the coast,” Roberto Gutierrez, head of surveillance of the National Service of Natural Protected Areas, said.