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Salmonellosis outbreak kills songbirds in Wash.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says backyard bird feeding stations should be taken down until at least February or emptied and disinfected daily if left up. An outbreak of salmonellosis has killed finches, pine siskins and other songbirds in five Washington counties, and WDFW Veterinarian Kristin Mansfield says the pathogen can be spread at feeders and anywhere else birds congregate, such as bird baths and fountains.

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