The virus that causes bird flu, which has infected millions of wild and domesticated animals across dozens of states, has been detected in mallard ducklings at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington, the National Park Service said.
“Pets should be kept leashed and not allowed to interact with live or dead birds or other wildlife,” the park service said. “Visitors can assist by reporting observations of sick and dead birds, or other ill wildlife, to park staff.”
This file photo shows a mallard duck moving past a discarded protective face mask inside the partially-drained reflecting pool along the National Mall in Washington, U.S., October 3, 2021. (REUTERS/Tom Brenner)
Since 2003, there have been more than 860 human infections across 19 countries, about half of which have resulted in death, according to the CDC and World Health Organization.