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Mass die off of birds in Taganrog, Russia

The death of birds in mass quantities is celebrated in Bogudonia. Residents spread on the network photo, where you can see that the coast in this area is studded with dead birds. Citizens are concerned about the question, is not this the result of serious environmental problems that have arisen. According to local sources, the regional Rospotrebnadzor has not yet reported an environmental disaster, and representatives of this agency also did not notice at the site of the bird’s death. A number of Web users connect mass bird birds with the consequences of the destruction of one of the sewers. In connection with this regional authorities in the city introduced the regime of emergency.
Courtesy of vistanews.ru
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50 dead birds found around the Basarbovo monastery, ‘never seen before’, near Ruse, Bulgaria

Dozens of dead song thrush birds were found in the area of ​​Basarbovo monastery near Rousse. The Regional Food Safety Directorate investigates the dead birds for bird flu.
 
This is the second such case within just two weeks in the Rousse region. Walking past the Basarbovo Monastery, Maria Zlatanova’s family was struck by dozens of dead birds. The woman admits that she has never seen such a mass death of birds.
 
I walked yesterday around Basarbovo and on both sides of the road there were countless birds that died, within 200-300 meters there were 40 to 50 dead birds, stunningly bleak thing to see, “Maria Zlatanova told BNT.
 
According to ornithologists, the probable cause of the death of the thrushes is the cold. The situation was similar in the “Lipnik” forest park where about a week ago dozens of birds were also found dead. Maria Zlatanova, however, suggests that they might have been sick.
 
“There are many recently dead birds that could not have been victims of the cold, so the song thrushers are already being investigated for bird flu by the Regional Food Safety Directorate, and the results are expected to come out for days,” Zlatanova said
Courtesy of novinite.com

16,000+ birds killed due to bird flu in Ghana

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After confirmation by the OIE Reference Laboratory and the delegate from Ghana, please be informed that the molecular and pathogenicity analysis performed confirmed H9N2 low pathogenic avian influenza virus. As this isolate is not OIE notifiable, the report has been removed from WAHIS interface as of 19 Mar 2018.
 
Notification submitted by Ghana’s chief veterinary officer on 14 Feb 2018, notifying an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza which had started on 3 Jan 2018 and was confirmed on 10 Jan 2018. The reason for notification was given as “new strain of a listed disease in the country” and the causal agent, “highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, serotype H9N2”. The outbreak was recorded on a farm with 16 822 susceptible “78 weeks old brown layers in deep litter” of which 4225 cases (deaths) were counted. The remaining 12 597 birds were, reportedly, killed and disposed of. The diagnosis was performed by the Accra Veterinary Laboratory (national laboratory) applying real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR), found positive.
The OIE notification above was accompanied by Mod.CRD’s commentary, including the following remark:
“It is well known that LPAI H9N2 circulates in Africa. However, this would be the 1st time that the subtype H9N2 is characterized as a highly pathogenic strain. Further laboratory studies may be needed to fully characterize the virus. If it is indeed a highly pathogenic strain as reported, this would be quite alarming for both animal and public health.”
 
The reporting, by Ghana, of the case demonstrates transparency and deserves to be commended. It is relieving indeed to note that an alarming reassortment of the widespread H9N2 strain into high pathogenicity has not taken place.
 
The event highlights the need for continued vigilance, in Africa and elsewhere, as well as the importance of involving OIE reference laboratories in epidemiological investigations.
Courtesy of promedmail.org 

Dozens of birds fall dead onto a road in Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada

Mary Simonin was travelling down Naramata Road on Sunday afternoon when she made a startling discovery.
 
She snapped photographs showing at least 40 deceased birds littering the street.
 
“I thought something had fallen out of a truck on the way to the landfill and I expected whatever birds to just fly away and a couple did then nothing else moved,” she said. “I slowed down and when I looked it was all these dead birds.”
 
She thought the birds were European Starlings – an invasive species in the Okanagan.
 
“It was certainly unusual. Yes it was strange. I tried to imagine what might have happened. I knew they couldn’t have been electrocuted on the lines because birds are on there all of the time. I counted at least 40 of them,” Simonin said.
 
The birds have now been cleared from the road but how they died remains a mystery.
 
Wildlife officials say it’s not the usual season for accidental poisoning from fermented fruit.
 
The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources said it has sent one of the birds to the animal health lab for testing.
 
Results are expected in a few weeks.
Courtesy of globalnews.ca

140,000 birds killed due to bird flu in General Toshevo, Bulgaria

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An outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu was found on a poultry farm in General Toshevo in the region of Dobrich, said the press office of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency.
 
Immediate steps were taken to eradicate the outbreak, in compliance with EU laws, including culling some 140,000 birds. A three-kilometre protection zone and a 10-km observation area around the livestock area were set up, and the trade and movement of domestic, wild and other birds, trade in eggs and hatching eggs, the organisation of fairs, markets, exhibitions or other gatherings of poultry or other birds were banned, the agency said.
Courtesy of novinite.com

36,000 birds killed due to bird flu in Groningen, Netherlands

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Bird flu has been identified on a farm in Oldekerk in Groningen and all 36,000 birds have been destroyed. The flu, a variant of H5, was confirmed on Sunday. Two other farms within a three kilometre radius of the affected company are now being tested for the deadly virus and farm minister Carola Schouten has imposed a ban on moving birds, eggs and manure within a kilometre radius. Poultry farmers currently have to keep their birds indoors following the discovery of bird flu on a farms Flevoland in early December.
Courtesy of dutchnews.nl 

Hundreds of birds fall dead from sky in Chihuahua, Mexico

Sudden death of Chanates
Hundreds of birds were suddenly seen falling in the center of the city, just in front of the State Government building, so the phenomenon generated excitement among the people who walked by the place . Veterinarians presume that it could be a sudden illness in the species.
 
Expectation of the citizenship before what seems to be an outbreak of disease that attacked the birds known as “Chanates Chest Yellow” and that commonly fly over the historic center.
 
The birds were dying in exaggerated quantities, which caught the attention that hundreds of inert birds will stain the river’s road during the Saturday afternoon, in the area of ​​the Mena bridge.
 
People who walked nearby stopped to watch in amazement at the lifeless birds that lay on the sidewalk of the river road and some others through the streets Colegio and Mario Vázquez Raña and in the linear park.
 
“Something will have been put to them …” They were sorry for the people who were on the bridge watching the dozens of dead birds crushed by the vehicles in their path. “It looks like a horror movie …”, words from another from Paraná who stopped to watch the scene.
 
Faced with this situation, the veterinarian José Domínguez was approached, who said that due to the number of birds that died suddenly, it could have been an outbreak of illness that affected the Chanates, since being flooded with thousands is normal.
 
However, he added that, in the event that more affected birds are seen, it would be the Semarnat that would have to determine if this case is an outbreak that could affect more bird species.
 
On the other hand the municipal authorities responded with the dependency of civil protection through the holder Víctor Espinoza said that the corpses of the birds contained blood in the beak, reason why it could be a case of envenenamiento and was public utilities the one who retired the birds dead.
Courtesy of elsoldeparral.com.mx

Hundreds of birds fall dead from sky in Draper, Utah, USA

Residents in Draper, Utah are confused after more than 200 birds fell from the sky onto the street Monday.
 
“It’s one of the rarest things I’ve ever heard of,” Sergeant Chad Carpenter with the Draper City Police Department, told KSTU.
 
“As I was driving, these birds were just falling out of the sky,” said Draper resident Lacey Brown.
 
“They were all on the ground right around here and on the roadway,” Brown said, “They were just falling out of the sky like leaves,” she added.
 
But they weren’t leaves, they were hundreds of small birds called starlings.
 
“You’ve seen that black cloud as it’s flying all over the place. Well, that’s a starling group and they call that flying tandem or murmuring,” Sgt. Carpenter said.
 
Experts said it’s a technique they use to stay warm during the winter and to ward of birds of prey.
 
People on social media speculated that aliens were to blame, the flock was poisoned or hit by lightning, but in this circumstance that wasn’t the case.
 
“No aliens, no cloaking device,” Carpenter said, “No poison, it was just one of those freak things where the birds were just flying along, crashed into the side of a large vehicle and boom,” he added.
 
Whether it be misdirection or weather related, something caused the lead starling to crash and thanks to the breeds’ tandem flying, the rest followed.
 
Brown said she pulled over to help and saw one man shoveling the birds out of the road.
 
Draper Animal Services was also on scene to clear the birds and collect any that were still alive.
 
“It was not a sight for the faint of heart,” Brown said.
 
“It was weird, just a weird one,” Carpenter said.
 
While this is rare, Draper Police Department says if something like this happens to you, report it.
 
17 birds are still alive and were transferred to a local rehabilitation center, the hope is they will recover and be released back into the wild.
Courtesy of fox8.com 

Hundreds of birds are dying in Yucatan, Mexico

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Hundreds of birds are dying in Yucatan, Mexico