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In Ecuador, the first case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5 (HPAI) was reported in November 2022. It affected wild birds and poultry in particular. To contain this highly contagious virus, the Ecuadorian government declared the country a national emergency for 90 days. 180,000 birds were killed.

As part of efforts to stop the spread of the disease, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock has taken preventative measures to safeguard wild birds on Galapagos. They have also strengthened biosecurity measures on poultry farms in order to protect their production.

Danny Rueda is the director of Galapagos National Park. He stated in a press release by the MAG that permanent monitoring was set up in areas where there is the greatest influx of seabirds. Some of these birds are migratory and all visitor sites to ensure wildlife safety.

The Agency for the Regulation and Control of Biosecurity and Quarantine for Galapagos (ABG), issued Administrative Resolution No. 035, which prohibits fresh or frozen meats, eggs, and day-old chicks from entering the country. It also bans interisland movement and organisation of events involving a concentration avian species.

Galapagos Conservancy, together with Conservando Galapagos are vigilant in this health emergency. We offer our support to the Galapagos National Park Directorate, ABG, and any other needs that may arise on the archipelago.