Virus Killing Birds In Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks says a bird virus has resulted in the deaths of more than 100 pigeons and doves in the Rapid City area.

Pigeon Paramyxovirus, or PPMV-1, affects the Eurasian collared dove, mourning doves, and band-tailed doves but not pets like dogs and cats.

Agency spokesman Trenton Haffley says the first reports of dead birds came in last month with Game, Firsh, and Parks officers still finding more birds.

Haffley says disposing of the infected birds is safe as long as you do it correctly, which is to use a glove or some kind of trash bag when picking them up to throw away because there is a small risk the disease cause pinkeye or some kind of conjunctivitis in people.

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