Thousands of ducks mysteriously dying in Idaho

By | December 18, 2006

Thousands of ducks mysteriously dying in Idaho

Officials scrambled on Wednesday to determine what has caused the deaths of thousands of mallard ducks in south-central Idaho near the Utah border. Although wildlife experts are downplaying any links to bird flu, they have sent samples to government labs to test for the deadly H5N1 flu strain, among other pathogens.Officials with the federal Bureau of Homeland Security have been also called in to help with the probe. Wildlife officials are calling the massive die-off alarming, with the number of dead mallards rising from 1,000 on Tuesday to more than 2,000 by Wednesday afternoon. “We’ve never seen anything like this — ever,” Parrish said. – yahoonews

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