Ducks in NZ test positive for low path bird flu
It has been reported that wild
mallard ducks in New Zealand have tested positive for the low pathogenic form of
According to Ministry of
Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) Biosecurity New Zealand animal response team
manager Dr Andre van Halderen, it was the first time the low-pathogenicity avian
influenza strain had been recorded in New Zealand.
A total of 1241 samples of
healthy wild birds took place at 7 locations across New Zealand in February as
part of AI surveillance, and were collected from mostly mallard ducks and some
migratory bird species.
It is reported that since 1975,
over 5000 samples have been taken from wild birds in New Zealand.
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