Hundreds of dead birds have washed up on the shores of Martha’s Vineyard, prompting animal officials to speculate whether a highly contagious strain of bird flu may be behind the mass deaths.
On Monday, Tisbury Animal Control posted “avian flu warnings” on their social media channels, after notifying island residents they had found hundreds of dead cormorants. ashore.
In the Facebook post, officials from the local animal control agency warned in all the words: “AVIAN ENTITIS WARNING”.
“This is a small island that is extremely dangerous for us. PLEASE notify your local ACO if you find any dead birds,” the post warned, before emphasizing that the avian effect is yet to be confirmed on the island. “BUT we had hundreds of dead cormorants drifting all over the island.”
The dead birds are believed to have been sent to the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries & Wildlife for testing to further investigate the bird deaths.
The local animal control agency emphasized throughout their post that caution should be exercised when residents encounter any of these dead birds, emphasizing that people should avoid touching the birds at all costs. .
“Keep your dog on a leash if on the beaches so they don’t get contaminated. Be careful when walking in the water, a lot of seaweed is floating,” the person posted the post.
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