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Friday, January 27, 2012

Australia : Bird flu detected in Victoria

Via The Age, excerpt :

" Bird flu has been detected at two locations northwest of Melbourne.

The Department of Primary Industries has quarantined two commercial duck farms operated by the same owner, after birds at both properties tested positive to low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI).

DPI Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Andrew Cameron, on Friday said analytical tests carried out at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory at Geelong, Victoria, had given a positive response to low pathogenic H5 subtype avian influenza virus, prompting authorities to act immediately.

The cases were detected during routine testing for other conditions."

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