Beware if you take this animal to the Erie County SPCA

This is something that could shut down the Erie County SPCA for 30 days.

There has been a case of bird flu in western New York in Orleans County, and the Erie County SPCA is taking steps and precautions to ensure they can treat animals in the better than she can. Recently, highly pathogenic avian influenza, a strain of bird flu, has escalated.

The disease comes from Europe and is found in our backyards.

How does he get here?

Waterfowl like geese and ducks bring it on their migration.

Are birds dying of bird flu?

Waterfowl like geese or ducks do not necessarily die from catching the disease, but other birds like chickens will die quickly.

As the weather improves in Western New York, you are going to see more birds. Always contact the SPCA if you see anything, but that’s just to let everyone know what’s going on. The SPCA is quarantining some birds that enter and workers will be wearing protective gear.

How do you know if a bird has bird flu?

According to the CDC: “Reported signs and symptoms of avian influenza virus infections in humans range from no symptoms to mild illness. [such as eye redness (conjunctivitis) or mild flu-like upper respiratory symptoms]to severe”.

According to WIVB:

The worst case scenario is that we are going to affect some of the domestic poultry farms these wild animals, we don’t want any of our volunteers bringing them back to their backyard flocks. We wish people didn’t have to say goodbye to their pets in the form of their backyard flocks, so we just want to be very careful not to spill anything,” Haney said. “This also applies to birdwatchers. You walk in some feces, you carry these fomites and viruses everywhere you walk,” wildlife director Barb Haney said.

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