October 2, 2022
Avian flu arrives in Arizona after millions of birds die

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Arizona officials have confirmed the first cases in the Southwest of a bird flu that has led to the deaths of 37 million birds from commercial farms in the central and eastern U.S.

According to officials with the National Veterinary Services Laboratory, three wild cormorants were found dead in Scottsdale’s Eldorado Park and tested positive for the disease.

“Surveillance, sampling and testing efforts were conducted through AZGFD and the US Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) before being sent to NVSL, which confirmed the cases on June 7,” read a portion of the statement.

Arizona Game and Fish officials have been closely monitoring for the disease, which had been no closer than Colorado before this week’s announcement, by responding to all calls of dead birds.

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