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Lab IDs High-Path Avian Influenza in Cook Co. Birds

CBS News (Chicago; April 15) – More than 200 birds at an Illinois forest preserve died in the last week, and authorities suspect they contracted the bird flu that’s threatening flocks nationwide, the Forest Preserves of Cook County said in a statement. The forest preserve said it could not definitively declare an outbreak of H5 avian influenza among the birds because only the federal government can declare such incidences. But it cited laboratory results from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign backing the presumed diagnosis, and said the federal government is currently conducting more testing.

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