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Peru dolphin deaths could pose risk to humans, says NGO

By Manuel Vigo

Stefan Austermühle, director of NGO Mundo Azul, said the virus could pose a danger to humans if it mutated.

Peru dolphin deaths could pose risk to humans, says NGO

(Photo: Peru21)

Local authorities are still investigating the mysterious death of over 3 thousand dolphins in the northern coasts of Peru.


Previously Gabriel Quijandria, an official at country’s Ministry of Environment, said the dolphins were most likely killed by the morbillivirus – a type of highly infectious virus


Stefan Austermühle, director of NGO Mundo Azul, said the virus could pose a danger to humans if it mutated.


According to Austermühle the virus could become an epidemic, similar to bird flu, which killed thousands of people around the world, Peru21 reported.


He also said the Ministry of Production’s handling of the investigation has been irresponsible.


"The authorities have not taken precautionary measures to avoid virus infections, by incinerating the bodies of the dolphins and prohibiting their touching or consumption," Austermühle said.


This weekend, authorities in the northern part of the country also reported the mysterious death of over 1,200 pelicans.