A mysterious disease is causing the death of birds in America. The eyes of the birds are seen to be swollen and they are being found dead.
Birds die in America (symbolic photo)
A mysterious disease is killing birds in Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. According to a statement released last week by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), wildlife managers do not yet know what causes the birds to go blind and die suddenly. Megan Kirchgesner, a veterinarian at Virginia’s Department of Wildlife Resources, told that many birds have swollen eyes. Along with the swollen eyes, the birds are making staggering movements, which indicates the disease to be neurological.
Kirchgesner said that there have been at least 325 reports of birds dying of this mysterious disease, but so far no other animals have been found affected by the disease. Even among birds, the report reports only two types of birds, grackles and blue jays. US agencies are advising residents of affected states to stop feeding birds by bird feeders until the reason behind the wave of dead birds is known as when birds congregate around feeders. They can exchange diseases with each other.
no danger to humans
Officials are also advising 10 per cent bleach and water solution for cleaning bird feeders and bird baths. Kirchgesner pointed out that from a veterinary standpoint, especially in the spring when food is plentiful there is no reason to be outside of those feeders and to be completely honest, especially in the spring like this In this situation, they can do more harm than good. However, there is no indication that whatever is killing the birds is transmittable to humans or other animals.
touch with rubber gloves
People have been urged not to touch sick or dead birds and contact the local wildlife conservation agency. If it becomes necessary to touch the bird, according to the USGS, wear rubber gloves and if necessary put the dead bird inside a sealable plastic bag and throw it in the trash.
US federal and state laboratories are examining the remains of birds that died in the hope of learning more about the disease. Meanwhile, agencies are asking the public to report sick or dead birds to local agencies.
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