Tuesday, November 21, 2023
Crestview, FL — In an abundance of caution, city officials have ordered the east and west ponds at Twin Hills Park to remain closed to the public for a minimum of sixty days upon confirmation of avian flu among the park’s duck population.
After reports of multiple deceased ducks found in the immediate area around the eastern pond, Crestview Animal Services began an investigation into the ducks’ cause of death. A necropsy was performed at the Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, which falls under the Florida Department of Agriculture. The pathology results show the duck tested positive for avian influenza A. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, “avian (bird) influenza (flu) A viruses usually do not infect people.”
“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.”
City Officials urge the public to adhere to the closure notices, stay out of the restricted areas, and avoid contact with any ducks, geese, or other waterfowl at the park until the closure notice is lifted. The City of Crestview will continue to work closely with relevant agencies to assess when it will be safe to reopen the ponds to the public.
For further information and updates, please visit the official City of Crestview website, www.cityofcrestview.org, or contact email@example.com.