Infectious Diseases 2004

Infectious Diseases 2004

Norway finds mild avian influenza strain in wild duck

12 February, 2004

Norwegian veterinarians said tests on a wild duck had found a "benign" version of the avian influenza virus sweeping Asia.
Stein Ivar Ormsettroe, a director at the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, said the virus had minor symptoms and was probably not even deadly for the infected bird.
Veterinarians detected the virus after testing both wild birds and poultry late last year. Authorities revealed the results on Thursday after completing the analysis of the tests.
"It is the first time we have proven bird flu here in Norway but it has not been investigated much before," Mr Ormsettroe said (Reuters).