Peru – On Thursday, government officials in Peru announced the staggering toll that the H5N1 avian influenza has taken on the country’s sea lion population. As reported by BNO News, 3,500 seal lions have perished from the bird flu, and an estimated 63,000 birds have died.
Heartbreaking video footage shows sickly and deceased seal lions, as well as birds who were killed by the deadly virus.
At least 3,500 sea lions in Peru have recently died of H5N1 bird flu, nearly 5 times as many as previously reported, the government says pic.twitter.com/ig1H3QsmjE
— BNO News (@BNOFeed) March 3, 2023
Researchers have noted that impacted sea lions showed symptoms including tremors, convulsions, and paralysis.” Sea lions seen in the video footage appear to be severely malnourished and weak.
It is unclear how the animals are being infected, but there are concerns that the virus is transmitting mammal to mammal.
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