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Saudi Arabia reports outbreak of HIGHLY pathogenic bird flu virus: H5N8 #BirdFlu #H5N8 #emergency #SaudiArabia

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An outbreak of a particularly contagious bird flu virus has been reported in Saudi Arabia, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) warns, as the world struggles to contain the spread of a deadly China coronavirus.

The outbreak took place in the central Sudair region, located some 150 kilometers north of the nation’s capital of Riyadh. The disease already killed more than 22,000 birds, the OIE said, citing the Saudi Agriculture Ministry. More than 385,000 birds were also slaughtered out of precaution. This is the first such outbreak since July 2018.

The H5N8 strain of the bird flu, which was detected in Saudi Arabia, was previously considered not particularly contagious for humans. Yet, it has been recently declared to have become increasingly more pathogenic.

Earlier on Tuesday, a similar alarming report about a bird flu outbreak came from Vietnam, where another highly pathogenic virus strain — H5N6 — led to the deaths of 2,200 birds in a village in the country’s north.

On February 1, China, which has already been gripped with a novel coronavirus originated from the city of Wuhan, reported that an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus was detected in its central Hunan province.

While it hasn’t occupied the news spotlight lately, H5N1 is said to be an even deadlier virus to those who contract it. Nearly 60 percent of H5N1 patients die after contracting the sickness, compared to two percent of Wuhan coronavirus (2019 nCoV) patients thus far.

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Hundreds of #birds found dead, ‘a mystery’ on a road in #Anglesey, #Wales

11.12.2019 Dead Birds in Wales

Hundreds of birds have been found dead in a road in Anglesey.

The starlings were spotted on Tuesday by Hannah Stevens near Llyn Llywenan, north of the village of Bodedern.

She was on her way to see a doctor when she initially spotted a huge flock of birds in the sky.

About an hour later, on her way back, she saw them lying dead in the road.

She called her partner, Dafydd Edwards, to tell him what had happened.

He told Sky News that when she first saw the birds “they took off to the fields”.

“She thought, ‘Oh, that was a large number of birds’, and then on her way back she found them all dead in the road.

“She phoned me and she said she couldn’t believe what she had just seen.

“To be honest, I didn’t believe what she had just told me, really.”

Mr Edwards decided to go over and see for himself what had happened.

“It was very distressing,” he said.

“My gut instinct is that they have been poisoned, but we don’t know. It is hard to say really.

“I think there are hundreds of them.”

The couple have contacted the police and the Animal and Plant Health Agency who they say are looking into the incident.

RSPB Wales told Sky News: “We are concerned with what we have seen.

“Starlings are a red list species after all.

“We are keen to ensure the incident is investigated by the authorities, but for the time being it is important not to speculate on the cause.”

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Thousands of migratory #birds die mysteriously in #Rajasthan’s #Sambhar Lake, #India

A worker picks up a dead bird as others lying beside it, at the Sambhar Salt Lake in Rajasthan, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. Thousands of birds of various species were found dead at the lake Sunday even as authorities tried to ascertain the cause of the large scale deaths.

A worker picks up a dead bird as others lying beside it, at the Sambhar Salt Lake in Rajasthan, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. Photo Credit: PTI

Thousands of migratory birds of about ten species were found dead around Sambhar Lake, the country’s largest inland saltwater lake near Jaipur, sending shock waves among locals and authorities.

Officials said they suspect water contamination as one of the reasons for the deaths but were awaiting viscera test reports. Though the official toll was 1,500, locals claimed the number of dead birds could be as high as 5,000.

“We have never seen anything like that. Over 5,000 birds died mysteriously all over the place,” 25-year-old Abhinav Vaishnav, a local bird-watcher, told PTI.

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600 dead #rats, plus dead #fish and #birds found washed up on beach in #Westport, #NewZealand

Hundreds of dead rats that washed up on a West Coast beach, have been removed.

Hundreds of dead rats that washed up on a West Coast beach, have been removed

The carcasses of hundreds of dead rats that mysteriously washed up on a West Coast beach on Saturday, have been cleaned up.

A spokesperson for the Department of Conservation (DoC) said on Sunday afternoon about 600 rat carcasses had been removed from Westport’s North Beach and a follow-up inspection did not find any more carcasses above the high tide lines. Dead fish and birds in the area have also been removed.

The cause of the animals’ death still remains unknown. Samples from the rats were being urgently tested, but according to the spokesperson, the results will only be available Monday late afternoon at the earliest.

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37 migratory #birds found dead in #Jodhpur, #India

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Thirty-seven demoiselle cranes were found dead at Khichan in Phalodi subdivision of Jodhpur on Thursday morning.

Three of the carcasses were sent to a vet dispensary at Machia Biological Park for a medical examination to ascertain the cause of their death.

According to Sevaram Mali, a bird lover, the migratory birds were found dead at different places.

‘We received information in the morning that some birds have been spotted dead near Vijay Sagar. When we reached there, we found 15 carcasses,’ said Mali.

Later, they received information about the death of more birds near Ratari Nadi.

On reaching their, they found 16 carcasses.

Six birds were found dead at other locations.

A medical board examined the dead birds but failed to reach a conclusion about their death.

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Dozens of birds found dead on the coast of Safi, Morocco

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Some speak of the effects of the pollution plaguing the city. Others advance the thesis of a contagious disease. But the fact is that dozens of pelicans were found dead on the beaches and maritime rocks of the city of Safi, tells us Al Akhbar in its edition of Friday, November 1.

These pelicans are migratory birds which have the habit of following the coast of Safi during major seasonal changes. Each winter, they leave the countries of northern Europe for milder climates, especially near the Atlantic coast of Morocco.

At Lalla Fatna beach, which is 12 kilometers north of Safi, dozens of dead birds have been discovered. Ditto in many places on the neighboring coast. Local authorities are slow to respond. Providing no reason for these deaths, they leave these dead creatures in the wild for the time being. The health authorities did not react either.

Meanwhile, the rumor is rife. And some point to the high level of pollution in the city and the dumping of a lot of waste into the open sea. Feeding on fish, these birds would probably have been poisoned, according to local civil society actors.

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Dozens of dead #birds fall from sky in #Lombardo #Toledano, #Mexico

This morning dozens of birds appeared dead in Lombardo Toledano and almost crossed with John Paul II. This bird species is known as yellow-headed thrush and as a yellow-breasted chanate.

During the winter they fly south and one of their destinations is Chihuahua. In various parts of the city of Chihuahua, such as in Deportiva and areas of the Peripheral Youth.

Some of the birds that were dead in the area were run over and crushed by cars that circulated around the scene.

Municipal staff arrived to the place and commented that possibly the cause of his death was due to poisoning. However, it is not yet known what caused the death of this dozen birds.

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3 Billion #birds have died off during past 50 years in north #USA

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Slowly, steadily and almost imperceptibly, North America’s bird population is dwindling.

The sparrows and finches that visit backyard feeders number fewer each year. The flutelike song of the western meadowlark — the official bird of six U.S. states — is growing more rare. The continent has lost nearly 3 billion birds representing hundreds of species over the past five decades, in an enormous loss that signals an “overlooked biodiversity crisis,” according to a study from top ornithologists and government agencies.

This is not an extinction crisis — yet. It is a more insidious decline in abundance as humans dramatically alter the landscape: There are 29 percent fewer birds in the United States and Canada today than in 1970, the study concludes. Grassland species have been hardest hit, probably because of agricultural intensification that has engulfed habitats and spread pesticides that kill the insects many birds eat. But the victims include warblers, thrushes, swallows and other familiar birds.

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100+ dead #birds found in #Zapopan, #Mexico

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The death of birds in the Loma Real Park in Zapopan continues, in less than five days there are already more than 100 birds , however, the cause that caused the death of the species, including a woodpecker, is still unknown.

In a telephone interview, Marcia Orozco reported that personnel from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development took several freshly killed birds for study to a laboratory in Guanajuato.

The neighbor of the place, mentioned that, although Zapopan City Council staff neutralizing distilled in the park still appeared dead birds, even the cameras of Channel 44 caught a detainee on a tree branch.

At the time that the cameras of Channel 44 were in place, there were also environmental crime personnel from the Jalisco Prosecutor’s Office and Animal Protection of the Zapopan City Council to carry out the corresponding investigations.

The more than 100 dead birds are of the species: carrots, pigeons, sparrows, woodpeckers, torcacita and blight, possibly the federal agency has preliminary results of the possible cause between Thursday and Friday.

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60 dead #birds found ‘due to disease’ in #Weymouth and #Portland, #UK

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AT LEAST 60 herring gulls have been reported dead across Weymouth and Portland following a disease outbreak.

It is understood that the birds have most likely been dying due to a suspected outbreak of avian botulism.

According to the government’s Animal and Plant Health Agency, avian botulism is a paralytic and often fatal disease caused by ingestion of toxin produced by bacteria found in rotting plant and animal material.

These outbreaks are frequent in this country but are more common during hot weather and can last for weeks, resulting in several hundreds of bird deaths.

Many of the dead gulls have been found in the swannery at Radipole Lake, near to the The Gurkha restaurant in Weymouth, where there is a build up of green algae – a possible source of the outbreak.

Algae blooms are said to occur naturally in hot weather and the swannery has been affected in previous years.

Bimlashar Gurung, manager of The Gurkha restaurant, said it is starting to affect her business: “Everyone is saying it is our fault but there is nothing we can do.

“I clean up the litter and all the rubbish that everyone leaves, sometimes when our bin is full I take it home myself, but we have been told that we are not allowed to touch the dead birds.

“Customers complain that it is hot inside because of the weather but we can’t open the window because of the smell from the water and people don’t want to sit outside anymore in the summer because they can see the dead birds.

“This is supposed to be our peak season and it is costing us money that the council is not cleaning this up. There is one dead bird that has been there for a week. I’m not happy with the council and I’m really upset. They need to take action.”

She added: “We have been here 14 years and every summer it’s a problem. Last week we took down four or five dead birds off the roof.”

Although the area around The Gurkha restaurant is not part of the RSPB Radipole Lake nature reserve, staff there have tried to help find a solution to the problem.

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