from caraway – 12/14/2006
A Fish and Game spokesperson says that it is unlikely bird flu in a
cause in the mass deaths – but an investigation is underway.
"Preliminary diagnosis is a bacterial infection is the likely cause…"
Magic Valley Fish & Game supervisor David Parrish said. "State
veterinarians in Boise have found the lung tissue of the ducks to be
full of white and yellowish bacterial abscesses. They also found
hemorrhaging around the heart. At this point in time, however, we are
not ruling out any potential cause."