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
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.