Jessamine County

Ducks died of botulism

NICHOLASVILLE — The ducks that died at Lake Mingo Park over the weekend succumbed to a kind of botulism that occurs naturally when air temperatures rise and water and oxygen levels drop in ponds.

That was the determination of the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center in Lexington, which examined the carcasses of three ducks found dead Saturday and Sunday at the Nicholasville park. A total of eight birds died, not 10 as originally reported, said Duane McCuddy, director of the Nicholasville-Jessamine County Parks and Recreation Department.

The botulin bacteria causes paralysis by attacking the nervous systems of birds.

McCuddy said blood drawn from one sick bird has been sent to a lab in Wisconsin. The botulism poses no threat to humans.