Infectious Diseases 2008

Infectious Diseases 2008

New Zealand: H5N1 LPAI was found in ducks

New Zealand 18 September, 2008 A surveillance programme researching the presence of avian influenza in New Zealand has found low pathogenic (LPAI) H5N1 virus in two samples taken from wild mallard ducks.
Sampling of healthy wild birds took place at seven locations across New Zealand in February this year, as part of MAFBNZ's ongoing avian influenza surveillance programme. A total of 1241 samples were collected from mostly mallard ducks and some migratory bird species in Paparoa, the mouth of Kaituna River, Lake Aniwhenua, Reparoa, Napier, Temuka and Invercargill.
It is the first time the low-pathogenicity avian influenza H5N1 strain had been recorded in New Zealand.