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The Health Ministry announced that the country's authorities agreed to recommend to local governments to restrict access to beaches where there have been cases of dead or sick birds due to H5N1 avian influenza.
The move comes in a coordinated action of the country's Ministry of Health with the National Agricultural Health Service (Senasa), the National Forestry and Wildlife Service (Serfor) and the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri).
"Local governments, within the framework of their competencies, will limit access to beaches by schedules, in order to proceed with the cleaning of these spaces and prevent the spread of the disease," the Ministry of Health said in a statement.
Senasa and Serfor will be in charge of the protocols and procedures for the collection and disposal of dead birds, as well as the correct implementation of personal protective equipment for the workers involved in these actions.
According to Serfor, the number of seabirds and shorebirds killed due to the avian influenza outbreak increased to 22 000. In the last week alone, it is estimated that more than 5 000 birds perished in the coastal areas of Peru.