TWRA Says Disease Killing Birds in Parts of the U.S. Has Not Been Confirmed in Tennessee

Reports of dead birds have been increasing due to a disease affecting birds in several eastern and midwestern states.

The disease is reportedly causing eye swelling and crusty discharge from the eyes of birds and may also be associated with neurological symptoms.

A significant number of reports have come from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana. Most birds reported exhibiting this condition are young and have included blue jays and American Robins along with some species of songbirds.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says there are no confirmed cases of the disease in Tennessee and there have been no reports of the disease occurring in humans, poultry, or livestock. TWRA Recommends that you quit feeding birds and cover bird baths, if dead birds are found. Clean feeders and bird baths with a 10 percent bleach solution (one-part bleach mixed with nine parts water), rinse with water, and allow to air dry. Do not replace them and keep pets away from sick or dead wild birds as a standard precaution.

If you find recently deceased birds exhibiting crustiness or bulging eyes and/or neurological issues, please use your discretion to contact the TWRA at (615) 781-6500.

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