Biological Hazard – North-America – USA

EDIS Number: BH-20120310-34459-USA
Date / time: 10/03/2012 04:26:35 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Montana
Location: Olive [Powder River County]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A


State wildlife officials say 10 wild turkeys near the town of Olive in Powder River County have died of the avian pox virus. Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say the virus is most commonly contracted from domestic poultry. It is not always fatal, but in this case the "chicken pox" type rash broke out in the mouths and throats of the birds, preventing them from eating and drinking and impairing their breathing. Symptoms of infected birds are a rash on the legs or head, birds continually walking in circles or sitting in a roost tree for days without leaving. FWP State Veterinarian Jennifer Ramsey says there is no risk of infection to humans or livestock, but she does not recommend letting pets eat the carcasses of harvested turkeys.

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