Bird Flu | Don’t handle sick, dead birds: Health Director

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That is the sixth case of bird flu reported in wild birds in Missouri in Spring 2022 and the primary case in St. Louis County, officials said.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — In St. Louis County, a presumptive positive bird flu case was present in a wild bird, officials with the county’s health department said.

That is the sixth case of bird flu reported in wild birds in Missouri in Spring 2022 and the primary case in St. Louis County, officials said.

Bird flu has been detected within the U.S. in recent months in each wild birds and business flocks.

The bird flu isn’t a direct public health threat, a press release from the St. Louis County Department of Health said. Acting director Dr. Faisal Khan said the test marks the importance of health surveillance testing in each animals and folks.

Dr. Khan said people should take caution in the event that they see sick or dead birds.

“Regardless that HPAI could be very rare in humans, it will be significant to not handle sick or dead birds and report any sick or dead wild birds to the Missouri Department of Conservation,” Dr. Khan said.

Any bird can get infected with bird flu, in line with the health dept. statement.

Infected birds will display neurological symptoms like tremors, head tilting, and the shortcoming to fly or walk properly.

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Steps to attenuate the chance:

  • Avoid handling sick or dead birds, particularly wild birds. 
  • If you happen to discover a wild bird that’s acting abnormal, please contact the St. Louis Regional Office of the Missouri Department of Conservation at (636) 441-4554. 
  • For domestic birds, please call the Animal Health Division of the Missouri Department of Agriculture at (573) 751-3377.
  • If you happen to eat poultry or wild game, please make sure that to cook the meat to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Hunters needs to be careful while harvesting birds in the sphere or at home – it is feasible to move the virus on boats, waders, or other equipment.
  • Please make sure that to permit your hunting equipment to dry between outings.
  • If you happen to develop any flu-like symptoms after exposure to a bird that exhibits unusual symptoms, please contact DPH immediately at 314-615-7677.