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Avian influenza: is Australia a sitting duck?

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Abstract

Although avian flu viruses usually only cause mild symptoms in wild birds, some (most notably the H5 and H7 strains) cause widespread, highly contagious and fatal disease (referred to as 'highly pathogenic avian influenza' (HPAI), or 'avian flu') in domestic poultry. A strain of HPAI known as 'H5N1' is currently sweeping across much of Asia. Nigel Brew assesses the situation in this current issues brief.

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