US spends $1 million for AI testing in Pacific
The United States has allocated one million US
dollars to conduct the first avian flu tests among migratory birds in the
There are several bird flu strains, but it is the so-called H5N1
, which is feared because of its potential to mutate
and trigger a human influenza pandemic.
Radio New Zealand International reports the flu tests would focus on
Hawaii, the Mariana Islands, Palau, the Marshall Islands and American Samoa,
with thousands of birds to be tested.
Dr. Jeff Burgett, at the
Hawaii-based US Fish and Wildlife Office
, said the budget has been
allocated only for this year, but he hopes the tests will be
repeated every year.
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