Bird deaths are not a public health risk to humans or pets

The online Courier Mail article “Residents warned to keep pets out of Capalaba Regional Park as avian botulism kills birds, fish” reported that residents should refrain from taking their dogs to Capalaba Regional Park.

This is not Council’s advice. Council encourages people to continue using all our lovely parkland. When visiting Capalaba Regional Park, as usual keep your dogs on a leash and don’t let them eat wildlife.

The avian botulism that has affected a small number of water birds in Capalaba Regional Park is not a human public health risk and is highly unlikely to affect your pets.

It is the result of a naturally occurring bacteria in ponds and lakes that becomes toxic under favourable environmental conditions.

If you see deceased birdlife, leave it alone and contact Council on 3829 8999 so the bird can be removed by Parks and Conservations officers.