USA -(Ammoland.com)- The statement of the UNEP/CMS/FAO Co-Convened Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds has been published.
Hunters as watchdogs for the health of wildlife
Seven million hunters in Europe play a key role in monitoring the health status of our wildlife, in particular, for reporting potential cases of avian flu.
As avian flu is spreading across Europe, hunters should remain alert and scale-up surveillance. Report any suspected cases (of sick or dead birds) to national authorities.
Birds infected may die suddenly or show a range of clinical signs including respiratory signs, swollen heads, dullness and poor condition. Some birds, especially ducks, can be infected without showing any signs of disease.
FACE is advising hunting organisations to:
- Continue to monitor avian flu surveillance programmes and keep up with other developments as they occur;
- Continue to inform their members about avian flu and the need to exercise caution when handling birds.
Those in contact with wild birds should take appropriate hygiene precautions when handling wild birds. For example: