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Montrose County Public Health

Posted on: January 25, 2023

Avian Bird Flu

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Avian flu is suspected to be circulating in birds in Western Colorado. While the risk to humans remains low, people should avoid direct contact with wild birds and observe them only from a distance. Some tips to consider:
πŸ“People should not touch any dead birds they find on public lands and should not walk on ice to retrieve any birds. If you find three or more dead wild birds in a specific area within a two-week period, you may notify our local CPW office at (970) 252-6000,  but please note that they may not be able to remove the birds. Again, do not handle any sick, dead, or dying birds.
πŸ“If you own backyard birds, take extra precautions after any walks or hikes where you may encounter wild birds, especially water fowl like geese and ducks. 
Always clean your shoes and remove any soiled materials if you come into contact with bird feces before entering the premises where your birds are housed. 
πŸ“If you handle any dead wild birds without proper protection (like gloves and a mask), monitor yourself for 10 days following exposure and contact your health care provider if you experience any symptoms of avian flu — especially respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing. 
🌐Learn more about protecting your birds from avian flu: https://ag.colorado.gov/hpai
πŸ“žIf your backyard flock is showing signs of illness, please contact the State Veterinarian’s Office at 303.869.9130


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