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Budesky says cause of swans' death unknown

September 08, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Hagerstown officials have no new information on the death of three swans in City Park more than two months ago, the city's director of administrative services said Tuesday.

John Budesky said the cause of death for three mute swans at City Park on June 26 and 27 still is unknown. Budesky said new swans will be brought to the park in the near future to replace those that died.

Three of the park's five mute swans were found dead by park officials and sent to the Animal Health Lab in Frederick, Md., Paul Miller, executive director of the Washington County Humane Society, has said.

Lab officials have said they tested the bodies for West Nile virus, found nothing and then sent the bodies for advanced testing to an undisclosed "national lab."

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Miller has said the city likely would have no leads on the deaths until the test results were available.

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