Bird deaths on Lake Tagar caused botulism

Abakan, September 14 — RIA Novosti. Botulinum toxin has caused massive loss of water birds on the lake Tagar Krasnoyarsk region, said on Wednesday the Chief Veterinary Officer of the Krasnoyarsk region Minusinskogo Nicholas Moline.

According to Rosselkhoznadzor, August 22 at Lake Tagar the south of Krasnoyarsk Territory were found about 70 carcasses of dead waterfowl. To identify the causes of death of birds attracted Institute of Veterinary Virology and Microbiology and Institute of animal diseases. The first versions of specialists were avian influenza and psittacosis, but they were not confirmed.

"The final results showed that the cause of mass deaths of waterfowl on the lake Tagar was botulinum toxin type C", — said Molina.

According to him, most likely birds a toxin with the food in the lake.

"Botulinum toxin may be present in plants and plankton in the lake if there are processes of decay. Such processes are usually associated with pollution of the lake, pond overgrowth, and this, in turn, result illiterate human activities, "- said the expert.

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