Huge numbers of birds are dying of a “mysterious disease” across much of the eastern half of the country, and scientists still have absolutely no idea why this happens. They tested dead birds for a whole host of known diseases, but those tests did not reveal the cause of this plague. We are told that many of the affected birds appear to have neurological problems, and many go completely blind before eventually dying. The “mysterious disease” has spread to more states since I first wrote about the plague, at which point the list of affected areas includes Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana. . If the authorities can’t find a solution, will this plague eventually spread across the entire nation?
I don’t know why the mainstream media doesn’t give this story more coverage, because this is quickly turning into a major crisis.
The following comes directly from a statement published late last week On the official USGS website…
In late May, wildlife managers in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky began receiving reports of sick and dying birds with eye swelling and scaly discharge, as well as nervous signs. More recently, additional reports have come in from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. While the majority of affected birds have been reported to be common ants, bluebirds, European starlings, and American robins, other species of songbirds have also been reported. No definitive cause(s) of illness or death have been identified at this time. No human or livestock and poultry health issues have been reported.
Natural Resource Management agencies in the affected states and the District of Columbia, along with the National Park Service, continue to work with diagnostic laboratories to investigate the cause(s) of this event. These laboratories include the USGS National Wildlife Health Center, the Georgia Southeast University Collaborative Wildlife Disease Study, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wildlife Future Program and the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.
With each passing day, more birds are going blind and more birds are dying.
In Virginia, animal control expert Jennifer Toussaint will never forget the first time she encountered an injured baby blue jay. With this mysterious disease…
Jennifer Toussaint, chief of animal control in Arlington, Virginia, can’t forget the four baby blue jays. In late May, anxious residents delivered the youngsters to her clinic outside Washington, D.C., within a few hours. Both were plump, indicating that “their parents did a wonderful job of looking after them,” Toussaint says. But the birds were lethargic, unable to keep their balance, and blinded by scaly, oozing spots that grew over their eyes.
Toussaint and her staff soon come to a bleak diagnosis: jays were the latest victims of a mysterious, deadly disease that had appeared in their area a few weeks earlier and had already killed countless wild birds. There was no known cure, so they euthanized the jays. “It was hard to feel so helpless,” Toussaint recalls.
Experts have never seen anything like this before, and are in a race to try and find some answers.
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Whatever the reason for it, it seems to be affecting A wide range of species…
Several species of birds have been affected by the mysterious disease, according to the University of Pennsylvania: blue jay, European starling, common gerbil, American robin, northern cardinal, house sparrow, house sparrow, eastern blue sparrow, red-bellied woodpecker, Carolina chickadee, and Carolina Wren.
And at this point, the “mysterious disease” appears to have spread very widely.
For example, in Virginia there were confirmed reports “In the counties and cities of Alexandria, Arlington, Clark, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fawker, Frederick, Loudoun, Manassas, Prince William, Shenandoah, Warren, and Winchester.”
In Indiana, cases have now been identified In 53 different provinces.
So if this is something that spreads from bird to bird, it spreads very easily and spreads very quickly.
But at this point, we don’t know for sure that it’s some kind of disease, because all the tests that have been done so far It didn’t come with much of anything….
Natural resource management agencies in all affected states and the District of Columbia are working with the National Park Service to investigate the event.
To date, many infectious agents have not been detected in any of the birds tested, including salmonella, chlamydia, avian influenza, West Nile virus, other flaviviruses, Newcastle disease virus, other paramyxoviruses, herpes viruses, smallpox, and trichomoniasis parasites.
It is possible that the cause of this plague was something other than disease.
We just don’t know.
At one time, it was assumed that eating cicadas made these birds sick, but scientists have emerged to rule out this theory…
But cicadas seem to be blameless. Birds tend to avoid eating fungus-laden cicadas, and sick birds have been observed in areas where cicadas were scarce. “It doesn’t look like a match,” says Brian Evans, a migratory bird ecologist at the Smithsonian National Institute of Animal Biology and Conservation.
A lot of strange things happened in 2021.
as discussed yesterdayWe are now witnessing a terrible plague of grasshoppers in the western half of the country, and at the same time we have a terrible epidemic of dead birds in the eastern half of the country.
On top of everything else, we’re right in the middle of a “Giant” Which could end up being the worst in our entire nation’s history.
Many think it’s just a “coincidence” that so many bad things happen to all of us at once, and you’re probably right.
But no one can deny that our world has gotten even crazier over the past couple of years, and I expect even more craziness during the second half of 2021.
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