Two bald eagles in the state were found to be infected with avian influenza

Two bald eagles in the state were found to be infected with avian influenza, the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says. One of the birds was found dead in South Hero and the other was discovered ill in Shelburne. Both birds were near Lake Champlain. With the discovery, Vermont joined 33 other states that have detected highly pathogenic avian influenza in the environment, the state says. While some waterfowl species can carry the disease without becoming sick, the virus is generally fatal for domestic poultry.

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