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•Duck farm quarantined following the detection of bird flu
•Avian influenza "not a risk to the wider community"
•Ducks will be destroyed to prevent disease spreading
The virus found in birds on the two properties is a low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) and not the deadlier form of the virus that spread through Asia, threatening humans and leading to a mass cull of poultry.
The two farms are about 25km apart in an area north of Melbourne.
The source of the latest outbreak has not been confirmed, but officials believe the virus could have been introduced from wild waterfowl known to harbour influenza viruses.
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Swine flu outbreak in remote community [abc.net.au]
The Northern Territory Centre for Disease Control says there has been a swine flu outbreak in a remote Arnhem Land community.
The centre says 29 cases have been reported in Nhulunbuy, 600 kilometres east of Darwin, in less than a fortnight.
Dr Peter Markey says it is hard to be certain, but he believes the outbreak has reached its peak.
"A couple of people came into hospital but that was all," he said.
"They only stayed a day or two.
"So far there haven't been any serious cases with this cluster."
He says Aboriginal people with health problems are at high risk from swine flu.
"It still can be a pretty severe illness, particularly in those people with the other conditions - pregnant women and Aboriginal people," he said.
"They are the ones who can get seriously ill with it."