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DEC investigating possible Avian Flu outbreak at Webster park

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is currently investigating a suspected outbreak of Avian Flu in Webster, following the discovery of nearly two dozen dead Canada Geese.

The birds were found near the North Pond Park Trail since December 23, sparking concerns about the spread of the virus in local wildlife.

The DEC has arranged for the remains of the geese to undergo testing at the Cornell Wildlife Health Lab to confirm the presence of the Avian Flu.

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In response to this development, the DEC urges anyone who encounters multiple sick or deceased birds to report these instances to their local DEC office, aiding in the monitoring and management of the situation.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has provided reassurance that the bird flu does not currently pose a significant threat to public health, with human cases being exceptionally rare.

However, in light of the suspected outbreak, the DEC has released a flyer specifically for hunters, focusing on Avian Influenza awareness.

This initiative is part of a broader effort to educate the public and mitigate the risk of the virus spreading further among both wildlife and potentially to humans.

The situation in Webster is being closely monitored, with both the DEC and health authorities remaining vigilant in their response to the suspected outbreak.