Submitted by Petrinska on 2012, November 16
Though the results of the lab tests made with samples of the virus by
CSIRO are still awaited, it seems to be another strain of bird flu at a
hen farm near Maitland in the Hunter Valley.
The authority might have to quarantine about 50,000 chickens.
Undoubtedly, the presently suspected virus does not seem to be similar
to that of the lethal H5N1 strain of bird flu. Since 2003, several
outbreaks of H5N1 bird flu have taken place, in which approximately 359
people have been killed all over the world.
According to the NSW Department of Primary Industries, nevertheless
50,000 hens may have to be destroyed. The first response team of
specialists from the department is already investigating the site. Lab
tests results are expected this afternoon. Efforts are being made to
prevent the spread of this virus. Initial tracing and observation are
being taken on.
As said by Ian Roth, the chief veterinary of NSW, "The suspected
virus is definitely not the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain that has
gained worldwide attention - nor is it closely related to that strain".
Earlier to this, a number of avian influenza virus outbreaks have
arose in Australia but all of them were eradicated successfully in a
short period of time. And with the same spirit, researchers are
expecting to halt this virus very soon.