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Montevideo, July 23rd 2024 - 12:20 UTC

Tag: Avian flu

  • Monday, June 10th 2024 - 07:06 UTC

    Cattle in eleven US states with outbreaks of avian flu H5N1

    Samples were collected and sent to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, which confirmed the presence of the virus in cows

    With the outbreak of Avian flu H5N1 in Minnesota, Midwest state bordering Canada, the number of infected cattle in the United States confirmed has reached over eighty animals across some eleven states. Besides Minnesota the other states with infected cattle include, South Dakota, New Mexico, Michigan, Iowa, Idaho, Ohio, Colorado and North Carolina.

  • Thursday, June 6th 2024 - 09:52 UTC

    First human death due to avian flu reported

    The Mexican case came after H5N1 cases appeared in recent weeks in dairy cows in the United States

    A 59-year-old man in Mexico was reported Wednesday to be the first person ever to die of avian flu A(H5N2), the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on its website about the patient who passed away on April 24. The source of exposure to the virus usually circulating in poultry remains unknown and the victim had no history of contact with these animals.

  • Friday, May 24th 2024 - 10:15 UTC

    Mild avian flu cases among humans in Michigan and Texas

    Despite its name, avian flu virus is not limited to birds, and in recent months has been detected in cows in several states

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, are reporting a second human case of avian flu has been found as the outbreak spreads among birds and cattle in the country.

  • Tuesday, May 7th 2024 - 10:26 UTC

    Bird Flu in the Falklands: 23/24 season experience and planning for 24/25

    There is evidence to suggest that some birds have been exposed to HPAI over this season and have developed antibodies

    On Thursday 2 May the Wildlife Disease Response Group, which includes representatives from Falkland Islands Government, Falklands Conservation, Falkland Islands Tourist Board, Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, UK Ministry of Defense and other relevant stakeholders, met to discuss the 23/24 summer season specifically about the HPAI situation in the Falklands and the response to it.

  • Tuesday, February 20th 2024 - 07:18 UTC

    Positive avian flu confirmed in wandering albatross in South Georgia

    Wandering albatross have tested positive for avian flu on Bird Island (Photo: Richard Phillips, BAS)

    Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) continues to affect the wildlife on the sub-antarctic islands of South Georgia. The latest results from samples taken from the islands reveal that the disease has now been detected in the wandering albatross (as at 9 February 2024).

  • Thursday, February 15th 2024 - 10:53 UTC

    Falklands: confirmed case of avian influenza at Stanley Common

    On Monday 12 February 2024 swabs that were taken from a dead hawk found on Stanley Common were tested and returned positive for HPAI.

    The Falkland Islands Natural Resources Department has announced that on Monday 12 February 2024 swabs that were taken from a dead hawk found on Stanley Common were tested and returned positive for HPAI.

  • Tuesday, January 30th 2024 - 10:41 UTC

    Survey in Falklands' small islands shows avian flu is continues to threaten

    Falklands Conservation carried out a surveillance visit in January 2024 and found dead albatross chicks in their thousands as well as low levels of rockhopper and skua mortalities

    Following on the Falkland Islands Natural Resources Department update on confirmed avian influenza (bird flu) case – Steeple Jason Island, northwest of the archipelago, it has been reported that Falklands Conservation carried out a surveillance visit in January 2024 and found dead albatross chicks in their thousands as well as low levels of rockhopper and skua mortalities. A further set of several more swabs were collected.

  • Tuesday, January 23rd 2024 - 11:08 UTC

    Falklands confirms new avian influenza (bird flu) case, gentoo penguins on Sea Lion Island

    Since Monday 30 October 2023, 66 suspect birds/animals have been reported, 40 have been swabbed. Five have returned positive results and 35 negative results. Photo: Nick Warner

    On Thursday 18 January, swabs from 3 dead gentoo penguins from Sea Lion returned positive results for highly pathogenic avian influenza. Several gentoo chicks (20-30) and a few adults (1-4) were observed dead or symptomatic. Given the proximity of the affected colony to the airstrip and residential area of the Island and the density of wildlife in the area, a level 3 response will be followed and the whole of Sea Lion Island is declared an infected place. No persons are permitted to visit Sea Lion Island without authorization from the Director of Natural Resources.

  • Thursday, January 18th 2024 - 10:15 UTC

    HMS Forth helps to understand extent of avian flu in South Georgia

    A seal keeps watch on HMS Forth at Grytviken

    Crew of Royal Navy Falklands patrol ship HMS Forth helped scientists understand the global impact of bird flu as the ship resumed South Atlantic duties after nearly a year away. The ship transported an expert to the island chain of South Georgia to see if the disease had reached the sub-Antarctic for the first time.

  • Friday, November 3rd 2023 - 22:58 UTC

    Confirmed avian flu case in the Falklands; Stanley becomes control zone until November 23

    Members of the public are advised to follow strict bio-security measures and use the footbaths at common sites where they are provided.

    On Monday 30 October 2023 a Southern Fulmar was found dead at a Stanley property. As per current policy, while one dead bird does not reach the threshold of suspicion for avian influenza, birds that are not usually found in the Falkland Islands are routinely swabbed for surveillance. Unfortunately, this bird tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza. Given that this is an isolated case of one bird, that is only common off-shore, a full protection zone will not be declared. However, a temporary control zone has been declared and is attached. A declaration issued by the Falkland Islands Government (FIG) says:

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