US ducks negative for pathogenic AI
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and
Department of the Interior (DOI) said final test results confirm that an H5N1
avian influenza virus detected in fecal samples collected last month from
resident wild mallard ducks in Maryland was a low pathogenic strain.
â€œThis strain has been detected several times in wild birds in North
and poses no threat to human health,â€ USDA
reports in a news
release. More than 21,000 wild birds have been tested so far this year and none
have been infected with highly-pathogenic avian
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