Bird flu kills seals and sea lions – level 2

01-11-2023 07:00

In southern Brazil, officials found 522 dead seals and sea lions on the coastline, and they believe that bird flu is responsible for this.

In May, Brazil declared a health emergency for animals because they found bird flu in wild birds. Last month, they also found it in marine mammals in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Brazil is the biggest exporter of chickens globally, but they did not have bird flu in domesticated birds or commercial poultry. The dead seals and sea lions were in different places along the coast, even near the border with Uruguay, where officials also found dead seals and sea lions because of bird flu. Peru, Chile, and Argentina reported similar cases in sea animals.

Officials say that it is still safe to each chicken or eggs from Brazil because bird flu is not in these animals.

Difficult words: mammal (an animal of which the mother feeds the baby on her milk), domesticated (an animal which people keep as a pet or on a farm), poultry (chicken, turkeys, ducks, and geese).

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