Nov 30, 2022

State reports multiple cases of bird flu in SW Kansas

Posted Nov 30, 2022 10:00 AM

FINNEY COUNTY —The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks notified officials in Finney County Tuesday that there are multiple cases of avian influenza (“bird flu”) circulating in the county and surrounding counties, according to a statement from Garden City Police.

"Citizens are advised that if you see a dead bird or other wildlife where cause of death is unclear, please do not touch or move it as this virus is contagious, and do not let children or other pets go near."

The public is asked to contact the Garden City Police Department - Animal Control Officers have protocol and training and will confer with Kansas Dept. of Wildlife personnel on all calls concerning avian flu.

If it is absolutely necessary to touch or remove a dead bird, the state recommends wearing double gloves and a mask, to double bag the bird before placing it in the garbage, and sanitize when done.