Hutchinson Zoo confirms cases of bird flu at its bird rehabilitation center

Hutchinson Zoo confirms cases of bird flu at its bird rehabilitation center
The Hutchinson Zoo, which opened to the public in 1986, is located at 6 Emerson Loop E in Carey Park.

Hutchinson Zoo officials on Tuesday confirmed avian influenza, or “bird flu,” in some Canada geese receiving treatment at its wildlife rehabilitation center.

All of the zoo’s birds that are usually on display are moved indoors and isolated until the illness passes, and any birds suspected of having the virus are quarantined in a separate building, zoo director Nicole Matz said.

The rest of the zoo remains open and the facility’s 30th annual Boo at the Zoo event, scheduled for Saturday from 2-5 p.m., is still underway.

“People need to feel safe,” Matz said. “HPAI (highly pathogenic avian influenza) is not something humans need to worry about. So everyone is welcome to come to the zoo. We make sure that our collection is safe and that all of our guests and staff are safe.”

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