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Va. Department of Wildlife Resources provides update on sick birds in Virginia

Sick Blue Jay with disease that's leading wildlife officials to urge people to remove bird...
Sick Blue Jay with disease that's leading wildlife officials to urge people to remove bird feeders.(Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources)
Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 12:43 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2021 at 1:14 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) said that the number of reported sick or dead birds has decreased since June.

Early this month the rise in sick bird cases prompted wildlife officials to ask people to take down their bird feeders.

Researchers have not determined what is causing the bird’s illness and still encourage people to keep their bird feeders and birdbaths down and disinfect the surfaces.

Areas that reported sick birds were: Alexandria, Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fauquier, Frederick, Loudoun, Manassas, Prince William, Shenandoah, Warren and Winchester.

No human health or domestic livestock and poultry issues related to the bird’s illness have been reported.

To report a dead or sick bird visit the DWR’s website here.

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