Ongoing testing across Australia’s most susceptible regions have found no evidence of the new lethal strain of bird flu in wildlife.
Dr John Curran, from the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service, says continuing trapping and testing of wild birds across northern Australia has so far failed to isolate any live influenza viruses.
“But by the same token we’re still concerned that the global epidemic is continuing and that this has actually come closer to, the epidemic has come closer to Australia through Indonesia,” Dr Curran said.
“So that’s a concern that we have to keep our vigilance and keep monitoring wild birds in through northern Australia.”
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