As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Researchers: New form of poultry disease found

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Researchers say a serious new form of a viral poultry disease has been found in Washington state.

Infectious bursal disease virus, known as IBDV for short, is not known to infect people or other animals. Washington State University's animal disease lab says it has been confirmed in one flock of birds here - the first confirmed case in the United States outside of California.

The disease can kill many birds in a flock and hits young birds especially. It can also suppress their immune system, making them more susceptible to secondary diseases.

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