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Residents are advised to please be aware several dead and dying birds have been observed at the Lower Pond (The pond - not the beach) in Witless Bay, across from the Tourist Chalet. Wildlife officials will be in the area today and tomorrow to collect the birds for testing of suspected Avian Flu.

Residents are advised not to handle dead birds, and to avoid swimming, fishing or other instances where they may come into contact with the birds in that area until the situation can be assessed.

Reporting sick or dead birds As a general guideline, do not touch live, sick or dead wild birds.

Always report sick or dead birds to the relevant authority indicated below.

Reporting bird carcasses helps to track avian influenza and allows the provincial/territorial authority to provide advice. In certain cases, local authorities may recommend that the public safely dis

poses of dead birds. The disposal of bird carcasses must be done in a sanitary manner by following guidance provided by the relevant authority.

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends wearing gloves or using a doubled plastic bag if you must handle wild bird carcasses, and avoiding contact with blood, body fluids and feces. You should then wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or use hand sanitizer.

Report sick or dead birds to: • Newfoundland and Labrador, to the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture at (709) 685-7273.

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