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Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2008 5:50 am | Updated: 11:58 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is requesting the public’s assistance  in reporting ill or dead wetland birds (ducks, geese or shorebirds) or raptors (hawks, owls or eagles).

The department, in coordination with other state and federal agencies, is conducting surveillance for the early detection of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus, also known as bird flu, in the U.S. Although this strain of avian influenza has not yet been detected in the Western Hemisphere, the department is monitoring waterfowl populations to ensure it is prepared to respond if avian influenza is detected in Arizona.

Anyone who sees ill or dead wetland birds or raptors is asked to report observations by calling (877) 972-8426 or by visiting www.azgfd.gov/ai.

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