Hundreds of birds wash up dead on Mass. island


Hundreds of birds wash up dead on Mass. island



SANDWICH WITH THAT WARNING FROM WILDLIFE OFFICIALS. YES. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT DEAD BIRDS WASHING UP ON MASSACHUSETTS BEACHES. NO REPORTS OF ANY TODAY HERE ON SCUSSETT BEACH, BUT A NEW STRAIN OF AVIAN FLU IS AFFECTING WILD BIRD POPULATIONS ALL OVER THE WORLD, INCLUDING HERE AT HOME — HOME. HUNDREDS OF DEAD BIRDS, SPECIFICALLY CORMORANTS, HAVE BEEN WASHING UP ALL OVER MARTHA’S VINEYARD. >> THE FIRST GROUP FOUND WAS ON SOUTH BEACH. >> KATE HOFFMAN IS TISBURY’S ANIMAL CONTROL OFFFICER, SHE AND HER COLLEGAUES RECOVERED DOZENS OF THE DISEASEED BIRDS ON LAMBERT’S COVE BEACH IN WEST TISBURY AND AQUINNAH BEACH AS WELL. BEACHGOERS NEED TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT AND KEEP YOUR DISTANCE. >> REPORT IT. DON’T TOUCH THEM. IF THERE ARE LARGE AMOUNTS, REPORT THEM TO US. >> THE CULPRIT, A STRAIN OF HIGHLY PATHOGENIC AVIAN FLU THAT ORIGINATED IN POULTRY. IT’S NOW SPILLING OVER INTO WILD BIRDS, AND WILD POPULATIONS WORLD WIDE ARE TAKING A DEADLY HIT. >> IT IS ABSOLUTELY A GLOBAL VIRUS AT THIS POINT. >> >> DR. NICHOLA HILL, A PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY AT UMASS BOSTON, SAYS WE’VE NEVER SEEN AN AVIAN FLU OUTBREAK OF THIS SCALE IN NORTH AMERICA. IT HAS ALREADY TAKEN A HUGE TOLL ON THE POULTRY INDUSTRY, NOW SEA BIRDS ARE TURNING UP DEAD . CONSERVATIONISTS WORRY PROTECTED SPECIES ARE NEXT – NEXT. >> WE HAVE PARTICULAR POPULATIONS IN MASSACHUSETTS THAT WE CARE ABOUT, ALL OF THE SPECIES THAT ARE ON THE EDGE. >> AVIAN FLU IS LOW RISK IN TERMS OF TRANSMISSION TO HUMANS, BUT EXPERTS CAUTION YOU TO KEEP YOUR PETS AWAY FROM THE CONTAMINATED BIRDS. YOU’RE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT AND HELP THEM TRACK THIS OUTBREAK. >> THERE IS A LOT THAT CAN BE DONE BY DOCUMENTING THINGS FROM A SAFE DISTANCE WITH A PHONE. >> KEEP YOUR PHONE HANDY.

Hundreds of birds wash up dead on Mass. island

Hundreds of dead birds have washed up on Martha’s Vineyard and animal control officials there think a highly contagious strain of avian flu may be responsible.

Hundreds of dead birds have washed up on Martha’s Vineyard and animal control officials there think a highly contagious strain of avian flu may be responsible.

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