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Iceland - Not bird flu that killed wild birds in the West - June 1, 2023

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  • Iceland - Not bird flu that killed wild birds in the West - June 1, 2023

    Not bird flu that killed wild birds in the West

    The cause of the mass death of birds in the West is a mystery. The Food Agency has received many reports about the death of birds across the country recently. The result of analysis shows that it was not bird flu that killed them.

    Isaac Gabriel Regal June 1, 2023 at 12:10 p.m,updated at 2:47 p.m

    It was not bird flu that killed hundreds or even thousands of birds in the West. These are the results of sampling by the Swedish Food Agency.

    Brigitte Brugger, specialist veterinarian at MAST, says there is little indication that avian influenza is found in wild birds in Iceland.
    "We generally think there is little chance of bird flu in wild birds in Iceland. We studied fourteen species of birds and took over thirty samples and there was only one sample from a mallard that tested positive.

    Now most of the migratory birds have arrived, so so far we have no indication that avian flu has arrived with migratory birds."
    Róbert Arnar Stefánsson, director of the Western Natural History Agency, posted on Facebook today pictures of dead puffins he found in Mýri. He says that most of them were untouched by scavengers. The birds did not look badly kept, ie. they were not skinny.

    Einar Sveinbjörnsson, a meteorologist, said on Sunday that it cannot be ruled out that the birds died in the big waves last week. The wave height at Faxaflói has been predicted to be up to 8-9 meters, which is a huge wave in late May.

    There has been a lot of talk about bird deaths recently. Dozens if not hundreds of dead scribes have been found in the southwest corner of the country. The result of an analysis carried out by the Swedish Food Agency at the beginning of May was that it was not bird flu that killed the birds.

    Poultry farmers are reminded to take precautions against infection

    The only sample that has tested positive was a case of bird flu in mallards in Garðabær at the end of March. It is not the role of the Swedish Food Agency to investigate the death of wild birds unless there is a suspicion that bird flu has led to their death and it may affect poultry farms.
    Despite that, Brigitte wants to remind poultry farmers to take precautions against infection.
    "It is right to warn poultry farmers and ask them to continue to take precautions when handling the poultry."

    Last edited by sharon sanders; June 2, 2023, 01:24 PM.