Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dozens of ducks dead at Salt Lake City park - 30th Aug 2011

Wildlife officials say about 30 ducks have died in a Salt Lake City pond because of a potential outbreak of avian Botulism.

many of the dead ducks were pulled from the Liberty Park pond over the weekend and other ducks are showing signs of the disease.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Program Coordinator Justin Dolling says the ducks appear to be infected by an avian botulism toxin, which is often released from sediment during hot weather.

Dolling says insects absorb the toxin and infect the birds that eat them.

The Salt Lake Valley Health Department says avian botulism can pose a threat to humans or other animals if infected birds are handled extensively, such as a dog carrying a dead duck in its mouth. Source