Avian influenza detected in several dead birds in northern Ohio
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Wildlife officials confirmed that the avian influenza was detected in several birds in northern Ohio.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the bird flu was found in a herring gull in Erie County on March 9 and two bald eagles in Ottawa County between March 11 and March 15.
All three birds are deceased, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, while additional tests are pending.
Ohioans are asked to report any sightings of sick or dead birds, such as:
- Any raptor, such as a bald eagle
- Multiple waterfowl, such as geese or ducks
- Any other large congregation of sick or dead birds
The infections shed through through saliva, mucous, and feces, which is why impacted birds should not be handled.
In rare cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there have been reports of humans being infected with the avian influenza. Symptoms in humans can include a mild illness or a severe disease that eventually results in death.
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