USDA and the Department of the Interior announced Saturday the completion of testing on samples collected from wild Northern pintail ducks in
Although initial test results announced Sept. 21 indicated the presence of avian influenza in the
Although the low pathogenic virus poses no direct threat to human health, USDA policy is to attempt to contain the strain in case of a mutation into highly pathogenic avian flu, and because the presence of any strain of avian influenza can affect trade. The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior are working with States and academic institutions to test birds across the country for the highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza.