[Source: Il Secolo XIX, full page in Italian: (LINK). Portion extracted, translated and edited.]

Italy, Genoa: Mallard ducks die-off at Recco

27 August 2013

by Eloisa Moretti Clementi

A virus or food poisoning suspected to have killed around twenty mallard ducks near a creek.

Recco ? Around twenty mallard ducks have been found dead near the mouth of the Recco Creek. The die-off has been seen in recent days making residents and tourists worried. Preliminary examinations performed on the carcasses by Local Health Agency veterinarians seem to have excluded lethal pathogens for humans. It is likely that a virus or food poisoning is involved in the die-off, while an environmental cause has been so far excluded.