Event Report

Deatils of Situation Update

Biological Hazard in Sweden on Wednesday, 05 January, 2011 at 13:40 (01:40 PM) UTC.


Updated: Thursday, 06 January, 2011 at 16:49 UTC
A large number of dead birds were found in the city of Falköping, Sweden, on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to the Swedish National Veterinary Institute. Autopsies were performed on five of the birds. The institute said they died due to "sudden, hard external blows," according to its website. They had no signs of infection or other illnesses, and there were no external signs indicating what killed them. "We have determined that the birds have died from severe internal bleedings caused by external blows," said the institute's Marianne Elvander. A similar unusual incident occurred in Arkansas on New Year's Eve. Thousands of red-winged blackbirds and starlings were found dead over a square-mile area in the town of Beebe. In a separate incident, some 500 red-winged blackbirds, starlings and sparrows were found dead Monday morning in the southern Louisiana community of Labarre.