MIAMI — Federal scientists have confirmed circumstances of an infectious avain flu pressure in several species of Florida birds, the state introduced Tuesday.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission mentioned it’s investigating bird mortalities in Brevard, Indian River and Volusia counties which might be believed to be attributable to “Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza.” The company was notified of the presence of the illness by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory, in line with an FWC assertion launched Monday.
The species impacted embody the lesser scaup, black vulture “and other species,” the FWC mentioned.
The company mentioned there’s low threat of transmission to people “and, to date, there have been no known human infections in North America.”
The pressure, H5 220.127.116.11, has been documented in the United States since 2021, and it was detected in hunter-harvested blue-winged teal in Palm Beach County in January.
The FWC urged individuals to not deal with sick or lifeless wildlife and to ban the contact of home birds with wild birds. All bird deaths needs to be reported to the FWC so the company can conduct an investigation, the company mentioned.
HPAI isn’t treatable and is definitely transmitted in wild birds, so some wild bird rehab amenities might not be accepting animals presently, the FWC mentioned.
The company is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, University of Florida, National Wildlife Health Center, Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, Florida Department of Health, and wildlife rehabilitators to analyze the latest deaths related to the pressure.
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