Bundaberg Regional Council has been advised that a veterinarian visited the Botanic Gardens this morning in response to a complaint to the Queensland Government on the weekend in relation to sick/dead ducks.
The vet has advised that no autopsy was conducted as the birds were too decomposed.
Council staff monitor the number and health of birds at the Botanic Gardens and have well-established processes to dispose of carcasses in a safe manner.
A spokesman said Council staff will undertake frequent monitoring over the next few days.
“There is no risk to public health as members of the public do not generally catch and consume fish, birds or maggots in the Botanic Gardens,” the spokesman said.
Outbreaks of avian botulism occur only when a variety of particular ecological factors occur concurrently.
This typically involves warmer water temperatures, anoxic (oxygen-deprived) conditions and adequate levels of bacterial substrate in the form of decaying plants, algae or animal materials.
Once these factors lead to production of the toxin in material eaten by fish, the toxin can be passed up the food chain as wild birds consume the contaminated fish or eat maggots from the decaying carcasses of infected individuals.
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