Some birds at risk of extinction have been further decimated by avian influenza, the epidemic that is affecting the Galapagos, a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean belonging to Ecuador. In fact, since yesterday the South American country has launched a plan to protect animals, especially in the areas of Genovesa and Wolf where cases of H5N1 have already been confirmed.
It is not the first time that the Galapagos have been hit by avian flu, last December in fact a 90-day health emergency was declared in the archipelago, with the culling of 180,000 fowl. Epidemic that has also affected other South American countries, such as Peru and Venezuela. As for the rest of the world, cases are also increasing in Canada and the United States, with a record 50 million deaths. But it is Europe above all that is experiencing the spread of the virus with the most concern. Meanwhile, the Ministry of the Environment of Ecuador has called an inter-institutional technical committee to adopt preventive measures for the safety of animals.