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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say bird flu isn't suspected in the deaths of hundreds of waterfowl collected in the Mississippi River near northeastern Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that four types of waterfowl are being tested to determine cause of death, but that officials don't suspect the virus is to blame.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awaits the test results from the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin, after the waterfowl were collected in the Upper Mississippi River last week.

A DNR news release says the majority of birds were American coot and lesser scaup. Bluewing teal and canvasbacks were also found.

The DNR says this is the sixth time since 2001 that waterfowl have died in droves. Trematodes, a parasitic flatworm, were responsible each time prior.

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