Australia is banning imports of birds from Canada after a group of pigeons tested positive for bird flu antibodies. The birds appeared to make it past
Canadian inspections. The birds are not carrying bird flu, but bird flu antibodies.
Australian authorities said Friday they are banning import of birds from Canada after three pigeons tested positive for bird flu antibodies.
The birds were in a consignment of 102 pigeons that arrived in Australia on Sept. 3. They tested positive while being held in quarantine in the
southern city Melbourne, Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.
He said the birds were not carrying bird flu, only the antibodies, indicating they had at some time been exposed.
"That could at some stage have developed into something else in the future," he said.
He did not say which strain of bird flu antibodies they were carrying but noted they were found with the antibodies, despite being certified
disease-free by Canadian authorities.
None of the imported birds was allowed out of quarantine and the three found with bird flu antibodies were destroyed.
"Thankfully, Australia's quarantine system worked as it's meant to, that we didn't take the certification on face value even though it is coming
from an advanced country," McGauran said.
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While this story hits home for me, what really scares me is that our country did not detect anything themselves. Are we really prepared for anything
of major effect if we cannot detect the birds with our own authorities?
This also reminds me of the entire BSE issue all over again. While it may be a blow to Canada, it is a necessary precaution.
We must take this seriously and definitely need to beef up our own detection.
Related News Links:
The Courier (Australia)
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[edit on 20-10-2005 by Dulcimer]