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Reports Of Illnesses In Songbirds Declining After Mysterious Disease Caused Dozens Of Deaths

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Several weeks after experts began investigating a number of mysterious deaths of birds in Pennsylvania, officials say the number of reports of illnesses are declining.

Last month, The Game Commission and experts from the Wildlife Futures Program at Penn Vet were investigating dozens of reports of songbirds that were sick or dying because of an "emerging health condition" that's currently unknown.

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Residents of Western Pennsylvania were urged to take preventative steps and remove bird feeders from their yards in order to help contain the spread of any disease into our region.

Now, the Audubon Society says the recent reports of illnesses have been "declining significantly."

7/30 update on the songbird illness - recent reports from the areas that first saw the problem show that instances have...

Posted by Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania on Friday, July 30, 2021

The Audubon Society says another update will come in the future, and that there is hope that feeding of birds may be able to resume in the next few weeks.

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