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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Australia : Bird flu forces duck cull in Victoria

Via The Australian :

" AT least 10,000 ducks will have to be destroyed to contain an outbreak of bird flu at two Victorian farms.

The virus found in birds on the two properties is a low pathogenic avian influenza and not the deadlier form of the virus that spread through Asia, threatening humans and leading to a mass cull of poultry.

Hugh Millar, the state's chief veterinary officer, said there was no risk to the community but authorities had to act quickly to quarantine the two properties north of Melbourne.

"This is all about making sure that the virus doesn't one day in the future evolve and mutate into a more serious form," he said.

The source of the latest outbreak has not been confirmed."

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