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Viral disease kills hundreds of birds on Minnesota Lakes

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Pelicans, cormorants and gulls are dying on several Minnesota lakes this summer, apparently from a viral disease that flares up every two years.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported Thursday that birds have died from Newcastle disease on Vermilion, Leech, Lake of the Woods, Wells and Marsh lakes. More than 1,000 gulls, 1,000 pelicans and 500 cormorants have perished.

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