Thousands of ducks die last week from Avian Cholera at Clear Lake

CALIFORNIA - Volunteers pulled thousands of dead ducks from Clear Lake this week, hoping to prevent the spread of avian cholera to other waterfowl, including vulnerable flocks of great blue herons and white pelicans. As of Thursday, about 3,500 ruddy ducks had died, along with a small number of mallards, egrets, grebes and scaups, in the first recorded outbreak of the fast-moving disease in Lake County. Avian cholera is not believed to attack human beings or other mammals.
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