SCOTTSDALE, AZ —The bird flu strain that has been discovered throughout the U.S. this spring has been found for the first time in Arizona, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) confirmed on Wednesday.
The AZGFD said the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 has been discovered in three nestling neotropical cormorants that were found dead in Scottsdale’s El Dorado Park.
Surveillance, sampling and testing initially were conducted by the AZGDF and U.S. Geographical Survey National Wildlife Center (NWHC) before the presence of H5N1 was confirmed this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa.
Anne Justice-Allen, the AZGFD’s wildlife veterinarian, told the Huffington Post that it was a good thing the walkers in Scottsdale had alerted officials about the birds before they had been removed from the area. This allowed the cormorants to be collected and tested.