Bird Flu Virus Entered New Zealand

by Medindia Content Team on  June 17, 2006 at 12:31 PM Bird Flu News   - G J E 4
Bird Flu Virus Entered New Zealand
Deadly H5N1 virus is been brought into New Zealand by scientists to clarify with the suspected case .

At Wallaceville, country's highest security laboratory holds the threatening substance for testing it with the suspected virus in the country.

Joseph O'Keefe, the Wallaceville manager said it has been imported from Australia and stored in vials, which was kept inside a freezer. Well-trained staffs, wearing safe suits are engaged to deal with the dangerous substance.

Evidences are not been found to ensure its spread to humans. So in New Zealand suspected waterfowls were tested for H5N1 virus in the laboratory.

Ron Thornton, the biosecurity expert the imported sample is important to diagnose bird flu cases in New Zealand.

If avian flu attacks here approximately $1.5 million people and 33,000 million will be the sufferers and dying people respectively - health ministry says.


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