08 May '12, 2am

Mysterious Animal Deaths Prompt Peru to Issue Health Alert

Last month, reports first began to surface of an ongoing animal die-off on the beaches of northern Peru -- but as the mysterious deaths have escalated, so too has the cause for alarm. All told, hundreds of dolphins and pelicans have been found dead since February, prompting the Peruvian government to issue a public health warning. In an announcement over the weekend, Peru's health ministry presented an alert urging people to stay clear of a long stretch of coastline where thousands of animals have turned up dead in recent months. Although the beaches will officially remain open, the ministry publicly advises that health workers take precautions when clearing away the bodies of dolphins, pelicans, and other wildlife, as the origin of the die-off has yet to be determined. From The Guardian : "The health ministry ... calls on the population to abstain from going to the beache...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/peru-alert-due...

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