After initially closing Twin Hills Park ponds last week due to multiple dead ducks found in the water, the City of Crestview confirmed Tuesday that Avian Influenza A has been detected among the park’s duck population.
- The closures on the east and west ponds, which were announced in a statement last Thursday, will remain in effect for at least 60 days.
According to the city, a necropsy performed at the Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory yielded pathology results showing a dead duck had tested positive for avian influenza A.
- While avian flu viruses usually do not infect people, city officials said the safely of residents and preservation of local wildlife are top priorities.
“We understand the significance of Twin Hills Park as a community space, but the safety and well-being of our residents and the preservation of local wildlife are our top priorities,” said City Manager Tim Bolduc. “Throughout this situation, we have been proactive and will continue to do so until it is completely resolved.”
The city is urging the public to adhere to the pond closure notices, stay out of the restricted areas, and avoid contact with waterfowl at the park until further notice. The City of Crestview says they will continue to work closely with relevant agencies to assess when it will be safe to reopen the ponds to the public.
The ponds were closed last week after multiple dead ducks were found around one of the ponds.