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HPAI detected in Antarctic region

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The British Antarctic Survey reports that highly pathogenic avian influenza was detected during sampling of sick and dead brown skuas on Bird Island. Located off the coast of South Georgia, Bird Island is in the South Atlantic Ocean north of mainland Antarctica. 

In August, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Organization for Animal Health released a report regarding about the spread of HPAI through South America and Antarctica, warning that “there is a substantial risk it will continue southwards and in the near future reach Antarctica and its offshore islands, which provide breeding habitat for over 100 million birds every spring.”

Learn more from the British Antarctic Survey here

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