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Dozens of Dead Birds Reported Statewide

YAKIMA, Wash.- Reports of dozens of dead birds found across our state and the Department of Fish and Wildlife blames a fatal bird disease caused by the salmonella bacteria.

If you have a bird feeder in your back yard, it could be harboring the disease.  The Department of Fish and Wildlife says if you don't have the time to keep up with your bird feeder, you need to remove it, because it could become a major source of infection to other birds... and to your and your family.

Fish and Wildlife reports about four dozen birds found dead in eastern and western Washington so far. Some of those birds were sent to a lab at Washington State Univeristy for testing. Lab tests came back positive for salmonellosis, a common and usually fatal disease caused by the salmonella bacteria. That bacteria can be spread through bird droppings.

Fish and wildlife say is you do plan on handling birds or cleaning out your bird feeders, you absolutely need to wear gloves and wash your hands thoroughly when your done.

If you find a dead bird in your back yard- call your local health department before you do anything.

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