Exotic Newcastle Disease Killed Wild Birds
FLORIDA, US – Exotic Newcastle disease (ND) has been found to be the cause of wild birds in Pinellas County.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is thanking the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary for detecting a deadly disease in birds, reports WTSP.
The sanctuary says some of its rescuers were on their usual searches for injured birds in the wild when they came across some sick cormorants last Friday.
Native to Florida, the cormorant is a small black bird. They can be seen diving under water or drying their wings.
The cormorants the rescuers recently found suffered from symptoms of neurological problems, including muscular issues like twitching. It turned out those are signs of the Exotic Newcastle Disease. For birds, the disease is deadly.
The sanctuary quarantined the cormorants and alerted the state of Florida’s first case of the disease since 2002.