Servicio Nacional de Pesca y Acuicultura, or Sernapesca reported this week that there are 13 regions with confirmed cases of Avian Influenza in marine animals, with positive cases from Arica to Biobío, in addition to Los Lagos, Magallanes and now Aysén has been added.
To date, a total of 44 specimens of marine animals confirmed as HPAI-positive have been counted, corresponding to 4 Humboldt penguins, 2 Chilean dolphins, 2 chungungos, 2 spiny porpoises, 1 huillín and 33 sea lions. After confirmation by the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG), Aysén registered its first HPAI positive case in marine animals, which corresponded to a common sea lion that stranded in Puerto Aysén on May 19.
This fact adds to the recent news of the first case of Avian Influenza in Magallanes confirmed on May 22 and which corresponded to a huillín, a marine mammal of the otter family.
To date, 9,420 marine animals killed by Avian Influenza have been registered nationwide, corresponding to 8,117 sea lions, 1,245 Humboldt penguins, 25 chungungos, 20 spiny porpoises, 12 Chilean dolphins and 1 huillín. In the Aysén region, only 3 cases of sea lion strandings have been registered, one of which corresponded to a positive case for HPAI.
In this regard, the regional director (s) Jorge Padilla indicated that, with this confirmation “the phase of active surveillance of the coast of the area begins, in addition to collaborative work with regional authorities to attend to the emergency in the area, including the burial work for dead marine animals”.