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Dead geese found at Webster park test positive for Avian Flu

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has confirmed that dead geese found in Webster have tested positive for bird flu. These findings come after the discovery of deceased geese along North Pond Park Trail in Webster before Christmas.

Bird flu cases in humans remain rare, but the DEC urges the public to report multiple bird deaths if encountered. The confirmation of bird flu in Webster follows earlier concerns raised about a potential outbreak in the area. The Montezuma Audubon Center Director, Chris Lajewski, highlighted the increasing frequency of bird flu in recent years, with this strain first identified in the winter of 2022.

Lajewski notes the similarity of avian flu symptoms to human flu, making it rare but possible for bird-to-human transmission. He emphasizes the importance of community science and bird counts in monitoring and responding to bird flu outbreaks. The DEC and local officials continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as testing on the deceased birds is completed at Cornell.