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California officials collect more than 1,000 dead birds following outbreak of contagious, bacterial disease

California wildlife officials said thousands of water birds died of an avian cholera outbreak at the Salton Sea between Jan. 8-17

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More than 1,000 birds died at a lake in Southern California earlier this month, state wildlife officials announced Tuesday. The birds – primarily migratory waterfowls such as Ruddy Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Black-necked Stilts and Gulls – died at the Salton Sea after contracting a contagious bacterial disease known as avian cholera, which is caused by the bacterium Pasteurella multocida, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) said in a statement.