EXPANDED TESTING UNCOVERS BIRD FLU

WASHINGTON - Expanded bird flu testing has uncovered H5N1 avian influenza in samples from two resident wild mute swans in Michigan, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior announced here last week.To date, the test results indicate low pathogenic avian influenza, which poses no threat to human health and is rarely fatal to birds. Authorities have ruled out the highly pathogenic form of the

WASHINGTON - Expanded bird flu testing has uncovered H5N1 avian influenza in samples from two resident wild mute swans in Michigan, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior announced here last week.

To date, the test results indicate low pathogenic avian influenza, which poses no threat to human health and is rarely fatal to birds. Authorities have ruled out the highly pathogenic form of the H5N1 strain that's been responsible for 139 human deaths since 2003.

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