Infectious Diseases 2006

Infectious Diseases 2006

USA: Avian Influenza in wild bird sampling

2 November, 2006

Samples Collected From Mallards in Niagara County Indicate Low Pathogenic Virus.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced test results which indicate that a virus found in samples collected earlier this month from wild mallard ducks in Niagara County was low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI). LPAI has been detected several times in wild birds in North America.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) confirmed the presence of LPAI H5N1 from 2 of 27 mallard ducks collected from the Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area in Niagara County on October 21, 2006.
To date, USDA and United States Department of Interior (DOI) have announced 12 presumptive positive and/or confirmatory test results for low pathogenic avian influenza in six other states (MI, MD, PA, MT, IL and OH).