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West Virginia monitoring mysterious bird illness

By Steven Allen Adams, The Intelligencer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — While COVID-19 appears to be greatly diminished in the Mountain State, wildlife experts are trying to find answers to a new plague affecting birds all over the east coast.

According to the Division of Natural Resources, birds in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and other states are seeing cases of sick or dead birds.

Since May, state and federal wildlife agencies have received reports of birds acting abnormally and exhibiting signs of neurological decay, such as exhibiting confusion or lethargy.

These birds are often found with swollen eyes and what is described as a crusty discharge.

In a recent press release, the WVDNR said it sent several birds from Berkeley and Jefferson counties off to the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study for further investigation. Multiple state and federal agencies are trying to find answers…

To read more: https://www.theintelligencer.net/news/top-headlines/2021/06/west-virginia-monitoring-mysterious-bird-illness/

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