Do not touch dead birds

The Governor has received many reports of dead birds and asks the public not to touch them.

Published 9/16/2023

This summer, the Veterinary Institute has detected contagious bird flu in black-legged kittiwake and northern fulmar on Svalbard. There are reports of several dead birds in the terrain and in the sea and we ask the public not to touch dead birds.

It is very rare for people to become infected with bird flu, but you should avoid handling sick or dead birds.