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Global Health Alert: New Zealand Ducks Have Bird Flu

Posted by te2ataria on September 18, 2008

BIRD FLU: Wild mallard ducks in New Zealand have tested positive for bird flu.

A Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) employee, Dr van Halderen, claims that they have only found the LPAI H5N virus in the birds, which is not the same as the H5N1 killer virus which spreads much quicker and is known to cross-species jump into humans.

“MAF Biosecurity New Zealand animal response team manager Dr Andre van Halderen said it was the first time the low-pathogenicity avian influenza H5N1 strain had been recorded in New Zealand.”

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BIRD FLU: Wild mallard ducks in New Zealand have tested positive for bird flu. Photo:PETER MEECHAM/The Press. Image may be subject to copyright.

The Moderators do NOT consider the NZ MAF “assurance” reassuring!

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