HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — At least two wild birds in Virginia have been recently confirmed to have avian influenza, a virus that is very contagious among birds.
This comes after the virus was detected in at least three wild birds in North Carolina and South Carolina earlier this month.
According to the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, “these detections were not unexpected.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the virus can make the birds sick or result in death, but most birds infected do not end up getting sick.
Even though the risk to the public is low, people should still be mindful that they properly prepare and handle meat and eggs.
The avian influenza can negatively impact poultry, which can harm backyard farmers and commercial productions.
Wildlife officials say people who are farming poultry should review their biosecurity efforts to keep their birds separate from possibly infected wild birds.
If your birds become ill, you can report it to the State Veterinarian’s Office by calling 804-692-0601 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.