Biologist Warns Mass Dolphin Die-off Virus Could Mutate to Humans, Possibly Cause Worldwide Epidemic.
The battle is heating up in Peru on what caused the mass die-off of over 3,000 dolphins along a 130-mile long stretch of beach along the coast of northern Peru and if the die-off is connected to the mass die-off of over 1200 pelicans in the same region.
While the mainstream news media is reporting ‘scientists have no idea why’ with a new investigation underway, the Peruvian news website La Republica filed a May 1, 2012, internet report the director of a Peruvian environmental advocacy organization believes a virus is responsible for the mass die-off of the dolphins; a virus capable of mutating to humans leading to a worldwide epidemic.
The environmental advocacy organization, Mundo Azul.
The director of Mundo Azul, Stefan Austermühle, a biologist, was quoted in the La Republica report.
La Republica, Virus that killed dolphins could mutate in humans:
“The virus that killed more than 3,000 dolphins in Lambayeque, Piura and Tumbes is a danger to humans, because the organism that caused those deaths could mutate into an epidemic, warned the director of the NGO Mundo Azul, Stefan Austermühle. It is possible that this virus could generate an epidemic such as avian flu, which killed thousands of people around the world, he said.
Also seen as “irresponsible” treatment that the Ministry of Production has given the death of these animals, pelicans and other sea birds in the north.
“The authorities have not taken precautionary measures to avoid virus infections, and incinerate the bodies of the dolphins and prohibit touching or consuming,” warned the biologist.”
CNN News report of mass dolphin die-off in Peru video:
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