More information about avian flu

Should you remove your bird feeders due to HPAI Avian Flu?!
“There is currently very low risk of an outbreak among wild songbirds, and no official recommendation to take down feeders unless you also keep domestic poultry, according to the National Wildlife Disease Program.”
If we receive information that changes this current recommendation, we will let you know!
To learn more about if your feeders are safe, visit: the Cornell Lab of Ornithology page.
Why are we not accepting Waterfowl into our clinic at this time?
“Experts believe the strain’s spread is largely being fueled by migrating waterfowl this spring.”
“The most common hosts for avian flu, waterfowl often show no symptoms and can quickly spread the virus as they congregate along thousands of miles of waterways. Raptors usually become infected by eating contaminated birds, while domestic poultry contract the virus primarily through feces left by waterfowl passing over or sharing grazing spaces. Domestic birds can also become indirectly exposed through contaminants tracked into enclosures. This risk of infection from migrating flocks has prompted zoos around the country to start bringing their birds indoors and take preventative measures such as installing netting around enclosures and washing or changing clothes and gear before entering exhibit areas. “
Until we know for sure our patients will be safe, we have to take these steps to protect all of the other animals that we take in that may be at risk for Avian Flu.
to learn more please visit: the National Audubon Society page.
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