UPDATED: Ducks to be removed from Salina after testing positive for Avian Flu and Salmonella – numbers dropped by over 60% in six weeks
The canal between the Salina Nature Reserve and just below the Coast Road is full of dead ducks, with the Environment and Resources Authority, ERA, confirming that the cause of these deaths is Avian Flu and Salmonella, both of which are a danger to public health and food.
At the site, we noticed two persons who had started to breed these ducks some months ago, exactly below the Salina roundabout. As a result, the duck population increased to about 400 within a few months, until from about the end of May, residents and persons who frequent the area started noting several dead ducks, together with a foul smell which was stronger than normal.
Workers at the reserve said they reckon over 250 ducks died over the past six weeks, an average of 12 every day, and the remaining ducks are also probably similarly infected.
It resulted from veterinary tests carried out by ERA officials on dead ducks two days ago that the ducks tested positive for Avian Flu and Salmonella, both of which can spread to humans as well as to other fowl at the Reserve. In this context, the ERA said the Environment Ministry is drawing up a plan, with the assistance of the Veterinary Services Directorate, for removal of the remaining ducks.
Domestic ducks close to Salina Nature Reserve are very sick and dying