Pennsylvania Wildlife Health Experts Probe Mysterious Illness In Songbirds

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HARRISBURG – Wildlife health experts in Pennsylvania are investigating a mysterious illness among songbirds, where in some cases is causing them to die.

The PA Game Commission is among agencies across the Keystone State that are now urging the public to remove feeders to help curb the spread of a mysterious disease.

So far this month officials report they’ve received more than 70 reports of the strange illness. It causes birds in various species to experience symptoms such as discharge and/or crusting around the eyes, eye lesions, and/or neurological signs like falling over or head tremors.

The sickness is impacting both adult and young wild birds, and has been found among 12 species including Blue Jay, European Starling, Common Grackle, American Robin and the Northern Cardinal, just to name a few.

If a bird with the symptoms listed is found, the agency asks residents to report it online.


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