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Songbirds in Tennessee dying from salmonella poisoning

Dozens of songbirds are dying across the state in a salmonella outbreak and officials are investigating whether it's related to a national peanut recall. They've found dead birds - especially goldfinches, purple finches and pine siskins - in seven East Tennessee counties and found as many as 30 dead birds in one group. Experts say that birds normally carry some salmonella bacteria in their digestive tracks, and periods of stress such as cold weather or food shortages can weaken their systems. Two bird food companies have recently recalled suet and seed blends containing peanuts that could have been contaminated with salmonella.

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