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Blue-Winged Teal

Photo courtesy of Ron Bielefeld

Hunters and others handling birds should follow routine precautions when handling wild birds and report dead birds to FWC.

Avian Influenza
Wild birds can carry a number of strains of the avian influenza viruses, most of which do not cause disease. FWC is investigating mortality events involving wild bird populations by monitoring and investigating reports of wild bird die-offs.

Avian Pox
Avian pox is caused by a virus, avipoxvirus. Pox is a major disease of wild turkey, but is also found throughout the avian taxa.

Newcastle Disease
Newcastle disease is a virus affecting avian species. Newcastle disease viruses can be widespread in avian populations, but do not always cause illness.