Bird flu detected at Abilene Zoo
The Abilene Zoo reported a case of bird flu within its bird population Friday because many birds were removed from display a few days earlier out of caution for the disease. It has been closely monitoring the viral respiratory disease outbreak of Avian influenza. We can also say that HPAI. This spring, three cases were reported in Texas, and the Abilene zoo took necessary steps to protect its birds. A waterfowl was found deceased for the safety measurement being put in place.
According to the zoo, it was a sudden and unexpected death, so the veterinary team tested the bird for HPAI and reported that initial testing returned negative. Still, another lab service disagreed and said it confirmed the case.
National Veterinary Services Laboratory provides this information. Because of the presence of bird flu in the Abilene zoo, it is unknown when the birds will be back on display. According to the zoo statement, “our birds are currently under a state mandate quarantine; when it is completed, and the team declares it is safe, we will allow the birds to return to public display. Plans are implemented quickly and effectively and monitoring immediate area.
This flu is primarily transmitted through direct bird-to-bird contact, and the risk of infection is shallow. Staff is still taking precautions to promote safety for all. The zoo bird collection was relocated because of a reported case of avian flu in Texas. Members of the group will be back on exhibit Wednesday. It’s unfortunate to hear such type of news. They are innocent creatures and brutal in saying their feelings that they are unwell.
The total relocation of the bird collection in April was made to better protect them from threats brought upon by high pathogens Avian Influenza. Since the initial detection in earth county by the United states department of agriculture animal and plant health inspection service in April. Texas has received no further positive cases reported. New patients are being informed but have been isolated to the midwest and northern rocky mountains states.
The Texas Animal Health Commission requires a 14 days period after detection to quarantine collection, keeping them safe from external infection risks.
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