Honduras Declares Health Emergency Over Avian Influenza Outbreak
Honduran government declares “sanitary emergency” due to H5N1 and dead Pelicans
The Honduran government has declared a 90-day “sanitary emergency” due to the presence of highly-pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in domestic and wild birds located on the Caribbean coast. This information was reported in the Official Gazette this Saturday.
The decision was adopted after the discovery of dead pelicans on the beach of La Ceiba, which is some 300 kilometres away from Tegucigalpa. According to the decree, two outbreaks of the infection were recorded at the beginning of January and more than thirty birds were located.
The government is urging the population to take and strengthen preventive, control, and epidemiological surveillance measures in order to prevent the spread of the virus to other areas of the country and to contain the active focus.
The sanitary emergency may be extended depending on the epidemiological evolution.