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21 February 2023 / Escalon Times

Avian Influenza Detected In Deceased Bobcat

Escalon, California, United States

Wildlife disease specialists with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently received confirmation that an adult bobcat died from the Eurasian strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1. This is the first detection of the virus in a wild mammal in the state.Notwithstanding this detection, infection of wild mammals with avian influenza viruses appears to be relatively rare.

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