Wildlife officials have confirmed the presence of avian cholera in geese from western Gibson County.
Avian cholera poses minimal risk to humans or to the commercial poultry industry, but it is highly contagious among wild birds, especially waterfowl.
It is caused by the bacterium Pasteurella multocida and is unrelated to avian influenza.
To help prevent the spread of avian cholera, waterfowl hunters in southwest Indiana should consider cleaning and disinfecting their gear, using warm, soapy water.
Animals known or suspected to be ill should not be consumed.
Duck season in southern Indiana ended on January 21st and goose season runs through February 11th.
The Indiana Light Goose Conservation Order Permits program allows the harvest of light geese from February 12th through March 31st, 2018.
The Gibson County detection is the first time the disease has been documented in wild birds in Indiana.