Avian Influenza Newswire: Mississippi bird cases increasing, Brown bear cub in Alaska

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Increasing cases of bird flu in Mississippi

Reports of sick and dead birds are increasing across Mississippi and neighboring states, as apparent outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been found in some wild and poultry birds. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) has received several reports of sick or dead birds over the past week.

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Alaskan brown bear cub

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been detected in a brown bear cub on Kodiak Island, Alaska. This is the first time that highly pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in a brown bear.

Read more on Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Canada: First case in a white-sided dolphin

Here we report a case of fatal infection with highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (AIV H5N1) in a white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus acutus). This young dolphin was found dead on September 5 on a beach near Rimouski (Quebec). The carcass was submitted by the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network (RQUMM) to the CWHC – Quebec Regional Center for analysis.

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The spread of avian influenza is of concern

The highly lethal strain of bird flu that has devastated populations of wild birds and poultry around the world remains unpredictable, says an avian immunologist at the University of Guelph, due to concern that the virus could spread to humans.

Read more on University of Guelph

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