No HNS1 so far in USA

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Subject: No HNS1 so far in USA
From: "Terry Bishop" <>
Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2006 21:25:11 +1000
Extract from news story in US re HSN1 virus.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of the Interior and the 
Department of Health and Human Services are working to further ensure the 
protection of people, domestic poultry and wild birds by unveiling an enhanced 
national framework for early detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza in 
wild migratory birds in the United States. 
This increased effort comes as the spring migration of birds is under way and 
the spread of avian influenza continues across continents. Wildlife experts and 
public health officials have been monitoring the spread of the highly 
pathogenic HSNI since it first appeared in Hong Kong in 1997. Since 1998, the 
USDA has tested more than 12,000 migratory birds in the Alaska flyway, and 
since 2000, USDA has tested almost 4,000 migratory birds in the Atlantic 
flyway. All birds tested so far have tested negative for the highly pathogenic 
HSN1 virus.

Since summer 2005, the DOI has been working with Alaska to strategically sample 
migratory birds in the Pacific flyway. DOI already has carried out more than 
1,700 tests on samples from more than 1,100 migratory birds. There have been 22 
avian influenza isolates identified, but none have been highly pathogenic.

Full Story at;

Terry B

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