Bird flu kills 14 pelicans at Phoenix Zoo

The zoo said the affected pelicans were all housed on the lake in the petting zoo area.

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Zoo confirmed that 14 pelicans have died of bird flu after some of the zoo’s pink-backed pelicans began showing signs of neurological impairment on October 15.

“Soon after, the zoo’s two brown pelicans and three white pelicans also developed similar symptoms,” said Dr. Gary West, senior vice president of animal health and living collections at the Phoenix Zoo, in a statement. Monday press release. to the zoo’s animal care center for intensive examination, testing and treatment, we unfortunately lost all nine pink-backed pelicans, one brown pelican and two white pelicans. Two other pelicans who showed similar symptoms were humanely euthanized last week.

The zoo said the affected pelicans were all housed on the lake in the petting zoo area. Dalmatian pelicans and other zoo birds seem to be doing well.

“We have closed our Tropical Flight Aviary to the general public until further notice and ceased behind-the-scenes tours with our flamingos to ensure the safety of our collectible birds,” West said. “The public health risk of avian-human transmission of HPAI H5 viruses circulating among birds in the United States is considered low. As always, do not touch or feed wild birds.”

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