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Bird flu in duck in Rhode Island

The state Department of Environmental Management reports that a duck shot by a hunter in Rhode Island has tested positive for bird flu.

The H5 strain of the avian influenza virus detected in the mallard cannot be transmitted to humans, but it can infect other birds.

Reports state that officials have asked hunters and poultry farmers to keep an eye out for birds that appear ill.

Natalie Berkhout

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