After a new case of bird flu was recently confirmed in Piran, this contagious disease, which is not dangerous to humans, also occurred in Ljubljana. According to reports from the Tivoli, Rožnik and Šišenski hrib landscape park, a dead swan on Koseški bajer was infected.
“We report that the dead swan on Koseški bajer was positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (bird flu) of the H5N8 subtype. In accordance with the Government of the Republic of Slovenia instructions for food safety, veterinary protection and crop protection, we ask visitors not to feeding birds on Koseški bajer (and elsewhere), as grouping birds increases the likelihood of spreading the disease among them, the statement said.
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They also warned that the HPAI H5N8 virus is very dangerous to domestic poultry and other birds, it is excreted in bird droppings (feces, saliva) and feathers, so visitors can pass it in their shoes to domestic poultry and other captive birds. Pets such as dogs and cats, on legs and fur, can also transmit this virus to domestic poultry. Dogs must be on short leashes.
“It is recommended that people do not stay in areas that may be contaminated with wild bird droppings and otherwise disinfect their hands, clothing and shoes to avoid introducing the virus to poultry or other bird farms.”