Tegucigalpa: Honduras declared a national, 90-day health emergency due to an outbreak of avian flu, according to an executive decree published in the official gazette.
The measure came after the presence of avian flu was confirmed in waterfowl including brown pelicans at La Ceiba beach in Atlantida department and in Alvarado Lagoon in Puerto Cortes, Cortes department.
The health emergency period could be extended to prevent the flu.
The Honduran government on Saturday instructed the National Service for Health and Agrifood Safety (SENASA) to immediately adopt sanitary measures through the Animal Health Technical Directorate to prevent the spread of the disease to domestic and wild birds.
The Ministry of Agriculture has been authorized to purchase goods and services to prevent the spread of the disease.
Municipalities have also been ordered to carry out prevention, control, and communication activities for the early detection and elimination of sources of infection.
Last Wednesday, the SENASA euthanized about 50 pelicans as part of initial measures.