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Avian influenza detected at Australian duck farms

January 30, 2012
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VICTORIA, Australia — About 25,000 ducks were destroyed in Victoria, Australia, after a low pathogenic strain of avian influenza was discovered at two farms on Friday afternoon, ABC.net reported.

According to a veterinarian who advises the egg industry, this particular strain of avian influenza is not as contagious or harmful as the H5N1 strain that has killed poultry and people in Asia.

"This is what they call the low pathogenic AI because in this particular flock of ducks, there was no clinical disease, there was no clinical disease, no atypical mortality and it was incidentally found under routine diagnostic testing,” said Veterinarian Dr. Peter Scott.

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