Local wildlife consultants are getting ready for the worst of bird flu, often known as avian flu, in the Bay Area. The virus is extremely contagious, has no treatment, and impacts all the pieces from pigeons and poultry to owls and raptors. If it continues to unfold, thousands and thousands of Bay Area birds may die.
The virus was first detected in Northern California in July. “Currently, 55 info have been recognized [highly pathogenic avian influenza] in wild birds in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Ken Paglia advised SFGATE.