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No HNS1 so far in USA
"Terry Bishop" <>
Sat, 15 Apr 2006 21:29:04 +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
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