No Evidence of Bird Flu Found in Bahamas

The Senior Veterinary Officer of the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources in the Bahamas reports that final findings indicate that a total of ten birds were involved in the reported incident on the island of Inagua. All the carcasses were in an advanced state of decomposition therefore no definite diagnosis could be made and no useful samples of internal organs could be recovered for testing. Physical evidence indicated that the likely causes of death might have been due to trauma. Reports on the island indicate that some hunting is taking place for migratory ducks in the area where the carcasses were found. There were no new reports of mortality or illness in either wild or domesticated birds on Inagua. The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources will continue to investigate all reports of unexplained bird mortality throughout The Bahamas.

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