Bird flu killed at least 750 pelicans found dead in Senegal’s Djoudj bird sanctuary, after authorities had initially ruled out the disease, scientific analysis has shown.
The birds – 740 juveniles and 10 adults – were discovered in the Djoudj national bird sanctuary on 23 January, and the country’s environment ministry said on Wednesday it had been closed to the public.
Now “we have the results of the analysis. It is indeed bird flu type A H5N1,” national parks director, Bocar Thiam, told Agence France-Presse.
The environment minister, Karim Sall, confirmed the bird flu diagnosis to RFM radio.
A mixture of wetlands, savannah, canals, marshes and lakes nestled in the Senegal river delta, Djoudj harbours more than 3m individual birds from almost 400 species.
Thiam had initially ruled out bird flu, claiming that it only affected birds that eat grains, rather than fish-eating birds like pelicans.
But the analysis by the ministry of livestock disproved that theory.
While the pelicans’ bodies and waste have been destroyed, parks chief Thiam said on Friday that “we’ll have to do more” to prevent the disease from spreading.
At the start of the year, Senegal culled more than 40,000 poultry after an outbreak of bird flu was detected on a farm in Thies in the west of the country.
Almost 60,000 birds had died in the preceding weeks, the livestock ministry said.
Authorities now believe that cluster has been stamped out.
Senegal’s borders have been closed to poultry products since a 2005 bird flu epidemic to prevent contaminations, but the government struggles to prevent illicit imports from neighbouring countries.
Several European countries are also suffering bird flu outbreaks, with 2m animals – mostly ducks – culled in France in December to try and keep it in check.
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Some speak of the effects of the pollution plaguing the city. Others advance the thesis of a contagious disease. But the fact is that dozens of pelicans were found dead on the beaches and maritime rocks of the city of Safi, tells us Al Akhbar in its edition of Friday, November 1.
These pelicans are migratory birds which have the habit of following the coast of Safi during major seasonal changes. Each winter, they leave the countries of northern Europe for milder climates, especially near the Atlantic coast of Morocco.
At Lalla Fatna beach, which is 12 kilometers north of Safi, dozens of dead birds have been discovered. Ditto in many places on the neighboring coast. Local authorities are slow to respond. Providing no reason for these deaths, they leave these dead creatures in the wild for the time being. The health authorities did not react either.
Meanwhile, the rumor is rife. And some point to the high level of pollution in the city and the dumping of a lot of waste into the open sea. Feeding on fish, these birds would probably have been poisoned, according to local civil society actors.
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Volunteers in southern Texas are trying to figure out why hundreds of birds, fish, dolphins and sea turtles have been found dead on a Galveston beach, the Galveston County Daily News reported.
One volunteer found more than 100 dead fish while walking on the beach Wednesday, KVUE reported.
Volunteers also reported 50 dead pelicans in one day, according to Theresa Morris, Gulf program coordinator with the Turtle Island Restoration Network.Morris said the large amount of carcasses could have something to do with the chemical fire in Deer Park in March, KSAT reported. The fire caused thick, black smoke to fill the air, while pollutants leaked into the air and waterways, the television station reported.Biologists took water samples Wednesday, KVUE reported.
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