Avian influenza outbreak on rise in Mississippi

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The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi wildlife regulators Thursday warned hunters to be on the lookout for sick and dead birds across the state as an apparent outbreak of avian influenza is underway.

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, in a news release, said it has received many such reports over the past week as the virus has been found in some wild birds and domestic poultry.

So far, the department says most reports involve snow and Ross’s geese but other species also have been affected.

The risk to humans is low, but authorities recommend thoroughly washing hands, wearing disposable gloves and harvesting birds that appear healthy to lower the risk of infection even further.

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12/8/2022 6:43:11 PM (GMT -6:00)

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