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The National Agri-Food Health and Quality Service (Senasa)  confirmed new cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5 detected in marine mammals in Comodoro Rivadavia, Rada Tilly and Punta Tombo, Chubut.

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The agency’s National Laboratory diagnosed new samples positive for the disease, which were taken from sea lions and elephant seals found dead in the aforementioned places. Based on notification, assistance to the site, collection and processing of samples, avian influenza was detected in a new species of marine mammals (elephant seals).

To date, positive cases of the disease have been detected in Río Grande, province of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands , it was the first positive case in this species; in the Punta Bermeja Protected Natural Area, Rio Negro ; in Necochea, Buenos Aires and Punta Loyola, Santa Cruz , in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires and Puerto Pirámides, Chubut , in Claromecó and San Blas, Buenos Aires, and in San Antonio Este, Río Negro , in the Balneario Mayor Buratovich, Buenos Aires , in Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz , in Puerto Madryn, Chubut and Sierra Grande, Río Negro , in Camarones, Chubut and Puerto Deseado, Santa Cruz, and the cases in Chubut.