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Ducks, geese in Colorado die of the “new duck disease’ prompts warning from wildlife officials

“A few ducks and some geese have recently reported death in the Denver metro area.,” the CPW said. (iStock)

A bacterial infection has killed off the ducks and geese in Denver, officials with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) announced on Thursday.

A “few” ducks and “geese” are reported dead in the Denver metro area, she said, adding that autopsies later carried out on a number of the geese revealed she was suffering from a bacterial infection scientifically known as Riemerella anatipestifer, or “new duck disease.”

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“This disease primarily affects birds, but can cause disease in poultry and other birds,” the wildlife agency said in a statement, in which the dead birds have not tested positive for other diseases, such as avian influenza virus, better known as the bird flu or avian paramyxoviruses, which is also known as newcastle disease.

While the area is home to many canadian geese throughout the year, many migratory geese flying to Denver in the winter months.

As a result, “these large flocks gather creates the ideal conditions for various diseases to travel among their population,” wildlife officials explained.

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Residents can report dead birds to the local park, [or] the management of the entity for removal,” the CPW said.

“Make no contact with dead or sick birds, and do not allow your pets to have interactions with them,” the agency warned.

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