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Bird Flu Suspected In Ahmedabad, India After 190 Pigeons Found Dead In City

Around 190 pigeons were found dead in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat in over a period of two days, said officials on Thursday. Bird flu is been suspected as the probable cause of death in these pigeons.

Dr Rajendra Patel, assistant director, animal husbandry department, Ahmedabad district, said, to ascertain the exact cause of death of the pigeons in the Narol area, two carcass samples were sent to a Bhopal laboratory for testing for avian influenza.

“Around 190 pigeons were found dead in the Narol area of the city during the last two days in a suspected case of bird flu. We have discarded the carcasses as per protocols and sanitised the area.

“We have sent two samples to a Bhopal-based laboratory for confirmation (of bird flu),” said Patel.

Bird flu cases were first reported in Gujarat on January 8 when samples of some dead birds, found near a dam in Junagadh district, later tested positive for avian influenza.

Later, bird flu cases were also reported from Surat, Vadodara and Valsad districts, where samples of dead crows returned positive tests for the virus.

Bird flu is a highly infectious and severe respiratory disease in birds caused by the influenza virus.

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Dead birds from Fiumicino to Ardea, Rome, Italy. It’s a mystery

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It has been happening for about 3 weeks now . On the Roman coast there is a strange death of birds, from turtle doves to pigeons. In a period of pandemic, nothing can be underestimated, much less mysterious animal deaths.

“For some time we have been witnessing a really strange phenomenon – says Mario Russo D’Auria , president of the Progetto Futuro association, a hunter with breeding and cultivation experiences in Fiumicino -. We find turtle doves with no more energy, dying.

They do not have the strength to fly, they cannot get away from man when we approach the ground. It is not a natural behavior for turtledoves, far from it. And shortly after we find them dead on the ground. Those that mice or other animals that frequent the drainage canals do not take away with them “.

We are not talking about a single episode, nor about a limited number of victims, nor about a phenomenon that happened in a short time. “By now – explains Russo D’Auria – it has been happening for weeks . And I am available to the local health authorities if you ever want to investigate the situation ”.

In support of Mario Russo D’Auria’s worried statements, there are reports in the countryside between Ardea and Aprilia, a few kilometers south of Fiumicino. A sudden death of pigeons involved the whole area. A dozen in all, with findings quite distant from each other.

What is happening? Is it a natural phenomenon or should we worry? Are they toxic substances scattered on the land and therefore poisoning or viruses? For now the alarm has been raised, now it will be up to the authorities to clarify.

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Dozens of pigeons fall dead in Valencia, Spain

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Dozens of pigeons fall dead in Valencia, Spain

Hundreds of pigeons fall dead near Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Ref . Photo: help. Visitors thinking that birds were affected by the heat carried containers with water
Hundreds of pigeons that are usually in the main square, September 24, began dying last noon yesterday. The municipal authorities do not rule out that the cause of the death is poisoning. The results of studies are expected to know with certainty why, as another reason to be handled, although with less possibility, is that it might be by the heat wave occurring in the city. In 2016, it passed a similar fact in the main square of Cochabamba.
There is no exact number of mortality and there are 10 in surveillance. The municipal Secretary of environment, Michelle Lawrence, said that they collected 10 even with life, so that they are under surveillance at the municipal Zoo. The number of deceased individuals is not known with accuracy. Staff of the company’s urban Santa Cruz (Emacruz) toilet filled four bags with dead birds while some of the visitors to the plaza commented that they exceeded the 200. Lawrence said that 60 were reported. To know the cause of death, Lawrence explained that studies are carried out: one of the food scattered on the floor and the water consumed in the place and another blood pigeons that are still alive. A couple of results will be taken on Monday, while microbiological studies will come out on Wednesday. The doves, are an attraction, especially for children, in the main square. Lawrence explained that they are considered exotic, because they are alien to the ecosystem of the municipality.
Warn process. Lawrence said that confirmed poisoning will pass the report to justice and a process opens. Municipal Secretary of communication, Jorge Landívar, said that yesterday was already sent cleaning and disinfection as precautionary measure main square.
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9,000 birds killed due to avian flu in Macau, China

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Authorities have ordered a three-day suspension of the sale of live poultry in Macau, culling 8,000 chickens and 1,000 pigeons on Thursday night, after an environmental sample taken last Thursday from the Iao Hon market has tested positive from a string of the H7 avian flu virus.
“Following the positive result, the government activated its contingency plan in coordination with the Health Bureau. In order to ensure public health and safety, we will be culling birds and suspending the sale of live poultry,” said José Tavares.
“We will also undertake inspection and disinfection efforts in sales spaces and the slaughter houses. On its part, the Health Bureau will be monitoring the workers of this market,” the president of the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau added.
The sale of live poultry is expected to be halted for three days, with a further extension to 21 days if the authorities fail to track down the supplier of the infected birds.
Wednesday night, the chickens and pigeons were culled, while authorities carried out the habitual disinfection protocol at the Iao Hon market. On Friday, all markets selling live poultry in Macau were subject to similar disinfection procedures.
The three workers and the owner of the stall in which the infected sample was detected have tested negative for the virus and other workers with direct connection to the case have been put into quarantine.
For now the risk of contagion appears to be low, but authorities are not crossing off any possibility.
“The Health Bureau is urging customers who were at the market today (on Thursday) to come forward and call our red line if they have any questions. If they happen to develop cough, fever or sore throat symptoms, the first step is to use a protective mask and not use any public transport. Then, they should call an ambulance,” said Health Bureau director Lei Chin Ion.
A recent survey on replacement of the sale of live poultry for frozen one showed a positive support for a potential policy, but failed to show a comfortable consensus. This latest scare of bird flu could then ignite the debate.
The government says that it will adopt a cautious and gradual approach to a potential transition.
“We have been studying that possibility but right now we are aware that some residents are against frozen poultry. Still, we will try to raise awareness so that everyone knows about the benefits of such conservation method. Only through that, will we be able to address this flu problem. For now we don’t have a definitive timeline,” said José Tavares.
A similar avian flu scare back in February saw the culling of some 15,000 chicken following a positive test for the virus at the Patane market.
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7,000+ birds killed due to avian flu in Bouake and Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, Africa

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Six more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in Cote D’Ivoire.
The outbreaks were clustered in two areas, three outbreaks in the centre of the country in Bouake, and three outbreaks in the south in Abidjan. The outbreaks were identified as H5N1 serotype.
Several species of poultry were affected, including ducks, chickens, pigeons and even doves. Both backyard and farm operations were affected.
4001 birds died across the six outbreaks, and the remaining 3398 susceptible birds on the premises were destroyed to prevent the disease spreading.
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Thousands of pigeons dying in California, USA

Pacific Coast band-tailed pigeons have been turning up dead in Santa Barbara County, and officials from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are working to find out why.
Thousands of dead pigeons have been discovered since mid-December, and biologists think they are dying from a parasite that effects only birds, and seems to be hitting the band-tailed pigeon — the only native pigeon in California — especially hard.
Band-tailed pigeons are large, stocky birds with small heads, long and rounded tails, and yellow bills and feet. Their heads and breasts are purplish gray and they have a white crescent on the backs of their necks.
They spend the winters in Central and Southern California near oak trees and coniferous forests, often in large flocks. When the weather warms, they migrate north into Northern California and the Pacific Northwest.
Since December, state wildlife scientists have been investigating the large-scale deaths of the birds, which appear to be perishing from a disease called avian trichomonosis.
Caused by a protozoan parasite, the disease only infects birds. It lives in the bird’s mouth and throat, producing lesions that block the passage of food and cause the bird to starve to death or suffocate.
It’s unclear what is causing the parasite, although non-native rock pigeons may be the source of the infection for native bird species, the CDFW reported last month.
Krysta Rogers, a CDFW environmental scientist, said that the majority of the dead pigeons have turned up in Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang, with a few cases found in Carpinteria and Santa Barbara.
Rogers didn’t have an exact number because scientists are still conducting research, but she said the deaths are in “the low thousands” for the county. Those figures are just based on reports from people who discovered the dead birds, however, and more may have perished without having been reported.
A large number of dead birds also have been reported in Santa Clara County, Rogers said, adding that the deaths seem to be occurring with more frequency in recent years.
“That is concerning because we know their population has been declining, but we don’t really know what kind of effect it will have,” she said.
The department has been receiving reports from the U.S. Forest Service, as well as workers in licensed animal rehabilitation centers.
Rogers said “the main driver for where the pigeons are is food,” and that the locations where dead pigeons have been found are often near oak trees, whose acorns are a main source of their food.
“We’re still receiving a lot of inquiries from the public, and we’re encouraging them to report sick or dead pigeons so we can come up with a more accurate number,” she said.
Pigeons are primarily affected by the disease, although a rare raptor that has eaten a pigeon might be found dead, she said.
“There may be mild concerns with backyard chickens,” she said, adding that owners should keep feed and water covered from other types of birds.
There is no risk of transmission to humans or to other animals, she said.
Residents also can help reduce the transmission of the disease by removing artificial sources of food and water, like birdbaths and fountains.
Bird feeders and artificial water sources may increase disease transmission between individual band-tailed pigeons, and possibly other bird species, because it brings the birds into closer contact than is normal, the department said.
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Hundreds of pigeons are ‘falling dead out of the sky’ in Antrim, Northern Ireland

A killer disease is taking a disastrous toll of wood pigeons in North Antrim.

At the time of writing the disease has not been definitively identified, but farmers and shooters have told me that in a three miles pigeon flightpath between Glenann and Glendun hundreds of dead pigeons can be found lying in the fields.

On Tuesday of this week I found a pile of pigeon feathers in Paddy McCurday’s field a couple of hundred yards from my home on the Clady Road near Cushendun and when I was walking home my neighbour John McAuley told me he had found a similar pile of feathers in a field behind his house.

I would say that the pigeon which came down in Paddy’s field was taken by a fox: I could tell by the saliva on the feathers and it would seem that the bird in John’s field was also taken by a fox.

Another regular hill walker told me that two miles to the North of Cushendun he had found two peregrine falcons lying dead among dead pigeons in a field close to Cushleake moor where the shooting rights are held by the National Trust. When he went back next day to collect the dead peregrines, they were gone – with fox again the prime suspect.

I first heard about the tragic loss of wood pigeons on New Year’s eve but nobody, except locals, seemed to be interested in the details.

I am long past the stage where I can walk up the steep hill to the flightpath but men who have been there since the start of the year tell me they have seen, not only dead pigeons lying around in profusion, but they have watched as pigeons, coming in to roost or feed on holly berries, could not hold on to the branches and fell to the ground to die a short while later.

They said they had watched as pigeons, coming in on their normal flightpath, just ‘fell out of the sky like flies.’ The man who first told me of the wildlife disaster said some of the dead or dying pigeons had a greenish substance on their beaks.

My granson Daniel said he had seen a wood pigeon staggering about on the road at Coskib near Cushendall in what looked like a drunken state; it was unable to fly away.

When I asked another person – not a shooter – if he would bring in some of the dead birds so that I could send them off for scientific examination, he said with a hint of malevolence:

“I’ll not be touching any dead birds; if the buzzards and falcons pick them up and pay the price I’ll not be shedding any tears. These raptors take a heavy toll of our own wildlife every year and we could do with a rest from them.”

I am indebted to http://www.wildlife – and for information which might be helpful in determining the cause of the deaths. I have calls out to several other experts but at the time of writing I have not had the information I require.

The sources mentioned above say: “Alternatively known as frounce or canker, this ailment is caused by an organism called Trichomonas gallinae, a mobile single celled protozoan that lives in the sinuses, mouth and throat of birds and which, under certain conditions, can multiply out of control. It has become a well known garden disease after the noticeable effect it has had on greenfinches in recent years.

“Rescue centres tend to see it more in pigeons and doves, as well as the birds of prey that feed on birds, such as sparrowhawks, kestrels and tawny owls. It is most prevalent in warm, damp weather, particularly late summer/early autumn.

“Characteristic lesions in the mouth of a juvenile wood pigeon characterised by yellow/white lesions in the mouth and throat of the bird, a thick, mucoid saliva and swellings around the eyes, the organism will grow until eventually the bird cannot feed properly and dies of starvation or predation. The more advanced the disease is, the more difficult it is to treat.

“Other signs of the disease that would be noticeable to members of the public would be birds that have dirty looking beaks with patches of wet feathers around the beak area and swollen eyes. Any birds that have difficulty swallowing food are fluffed up, lethargic and slow to fly off will also need help. It should be noted that this is a disease of birds only and cannot be passed on to cats, dogs, rabbits or humans.

“It is believed that the increase in the spread of this disease in recent years is due partly to a lack of hygiene around bird feeding and watering stations. A bird with trichmoniasis drinking from a bird bath is likely to pass the disease on to others and so continue the spread of the disease.

“Disinfectants are all very well but the only definitive way to kill trichomonas gallinae is by desiccation, i.e. drying out. Leaving feeders and especially bird baths to dry out after washing them is vital. A recommended drying time is 48 hours or at the very least (when regularly cleaned, i.e. weekly) 24 hours.”

The above sources also mention Chlamydiosis which, they say is most commonly recognised as a disease of pets. They say affected birds may appear to have difficulty breathing and/or have discharge from their mouth, nose or eyes. Affected wild birds may also simply be found dead.

They say: “Chlamydia psittaci bacteria can persist in the environment for months in a resistant form. Transmission can occur through direct contact between infected birds, ingestion of infected secretions (faeces, ocular and respiratory secretions), and/ or inhalation of contaminated dust or aerosols.”

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Thousands of pigeons die, ‘a mystery’ in Dolakha District, Nepal

Mystery surrounds the death of thousands of pigeons on the Bhimeshwor temple premises in the past week.

According to the people in Dolakha Bazaar, dead pigeons are lying on the streets, rooftops, gardens and paddy fields. The stench from dead birds pollutes the atmosphere.

“Approximately 5,000 pigeons have died in a week,” said Bharat Shrestha, treasurer of the Bhimeshwor temple prayer and trust management committee.

Authorities are yet to respond to the situation. Vets said an unidentified virus may be responsible for the menace while the locals have got into a panic fearing a disease outbreak in humans.

“Such cases happened in the past but the damage this time is terrible,” said temple caretaker Kashi Narayan Shrestha. He added that rooftops and areas surrounding the temple had yet to be cleared of dead pigeons.

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