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Louisville Zoo quickly closes some areas to guard birds from avian flu

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – The Louisville Zoo is taking precautions to maintain its fowl residents protected and wholesome after circumstances of avian flu have been confirmed west of Jefferson County.

Beginning on Wednesday, the Zoo stated it will quickly shut off public walk-through aviaries and transfer some birds to protected areas out of an abundance of warning, in response to a launch.

Avian flu is contagious in birds and may have an effect on a number of species, together with home chickens and turkeys, and will be harbored in wild waterfowl and shorebird populations, the discharge states.

The zoo stated no human infections of avian flu have been present in america, and company are usually not in danger for an infection.

“As at all times, our highest precedence is animal security and welfare,” Dan Maloney, Government Director of the Zoo stated in a launch. “By quickly closing public entry to the aviaries, and shifting some birds to indoor areas, we are going to assist make sure the birds’ well being for so long as the scenario requires. These measures are supposed to expressly defend the Zoo birds. Zoo company are usually not in danger. Your Zoo continues to be one in all the most secure locations to go to wherever.”

Areas quickly closed to company embrace the Forest Hen Path and the African penguin displays within the Islands Pavilion, Steller’s Sea Eagle Aviary in Glacier Run and Lorikeet Touchdown in Australia.

The zoo stated some birds will probably be relocated to forestall mingling with wild native waterfowl, together with the Chilean flamingos, white storks and their bald eagle.

“We’ve been following these developments intently and have drafted a plan to attenuate the chance to the Zoo’s animal assortment,” Dr. Zoli Gyimesi, zoo senior veterinarian stated in a launch. “Closing walkthrough aviaries is prudent at the moment given the current avian influenza circumstances being detected in wild geese inside 50 miles of the Zoo.”

Avian flu findings will proceed to be monitored by the zoo and protocols will probably be up to date accordingly.

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