© Reuters. Researcher Albert Snyman prepares the scalp of an African penguin carcass earlier than autopsy evaluation at South African Basis for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) rehabilitation centre after penguins at Cape City’s well-known Boulders penguin c
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Extra penguins have died from avian flu on the colony at Cape City’s Boulders seaside, a well-liked vacationer attraction and an essential breeding website in South Africa, elevating issues for the species and for different seabirds.
David Roberts, a scientific veterinarian on the South African Basis For The Conservation Of Coastal Birds, stated not less than 28 out of round 3,000 penguins within the colony had died from the illness because the center of August.
“We have now confirmed avian influenza in 14 African penguins because the center of August,” Roberts stated, including that not less than one other 14 penguins have been additionally affected however not examined for the virus.
“This can be a continuation of the outbreak that occurred final 12 months and it impacts a number of totally different species of sea birds and in the mean time we’re fairly involved as a result of the numbers of penguins which can be being affected and dying from the illness goes up,” Roberts added.
South African environmental authorities stated on Sept. 16 that the pressure of extremely pathogenic avian influenza was just like that detected final 12 months amongst a spread of untamed seabirds, together with Cape cormorants and customary terns.
Roberts stated scientists have been monitoring the state of affairs as a result of it was not clear how the outbreak would evolve.
“As a result of the virus is contagious between birds, we’re doing every thing that we will to cut back the viral load and transmission price between the penguins,” Alison Kock, marine biologist at South African Nationwide Parks, advised Reuters.
To determine and take away sick birds from the colony, South African scientists carry out exams or diagnose penguins on their signs, Roberts stated. Sick and lifeless birds are then euthanised and cremated in try to cut back the unfold of the illness.
“There’s nearly no threat to folks from the virus however we do ask folks to be sure that after they go to the colony that they disinfect their sneakers as a result of it’s transmissible between totally different seabird colonies and likewise poultry farms,” Kock stated.