Bird flu found in southern Nevada wild bird population

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) is active in the southern Nevada wild bird population, according to the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

Both domestic and wild geese at Sunset Park have shown symptoms of the disease, with two Canadian geese found dead that tested positive for the disease.

Clark County is warning dog owners that dogs can catch the virus if they ingest a bird with the virus, but there is a low risk for humans to catch it, the county said in a Facebook post. .

Clark County Parks and Recreation will patrol the Sunset Park Pond and remove dead geese and power wash alleys to prevent the spread of disease.

The county has asked park visitors to refrain from feeding wild birds at the pond. Signs around the pond have been put up to warn customers of bird flu.

The department confirmed that HPAI was in wild bird populations in Nevada in September after it was first detected in the United States in December 2021. The first case of the virus was detected in Nevada in July 2022 in Carson City by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Nevada. Agriculture.

Bird hunters statewide are encouraged to only hunt birds that appear healthy, to wear gloves and eye protection when cleaning birds, to wash their hands after handling birds and to cook all game to 165 degrees before eating, the Nevada Department of Wildlife said in a press release. .