Bird flu and rabbit disease affect Berlin veterinary hospital

BERLIN, Conn. (WTNH) – Kensington Bird and Animal Hospital can no longer treat injured wild birds or rabbits, according to its Facebook post.

The message cites the outbreaks of avian flu and RHD as the reason for the cut of this specific service.

Bird flu, better known as bird flu, was first discovered in Connecticut this year on Feb. 16 in Middlesex, according to the USDA website. It spread among mallards and other ducks. Although rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHD) has not been confirmed in Connecticut, it was recently reported for the first time in the Northeast. Cases of RHD are actively tracked by the USDA in domestic and wild rabbits.

Because these diseases are both highly contagious and deadly, veterinary hospitals may have to make the difficult decision not to admit some injured animals.

The Kensington Bird and Animal Hospital said on Facebook that the safety of their customers’ animals could be at risk if they foster these specific injured wild animals. However, they can still accept wild squirrels and possums which can be harmed as they are not susceptible to these outbreaks.

If you spot an injured bird or rabbit and want to get help safely, Kensington Bird and Animal Hospital suggests contacting a licensed rehabilitation worker. The Connecticut Deep website has a list of these contacts broken down by which animals the rehabber can help.

Benjamin M. Yerger