Australian chicken farm cleared of bird flu

Sun, December 25, 2005

Tests have found no sign of bird flu at an Australian chicken farm that was quarantined
earlier this week, officials said.The quarantine
was triggered after a chicken believed to have a common bird disease recorded a weak reaction to
an avian influenza test during routine testing.

Australia has no recorded cases of bird flu.
Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran said exhaustive testing
found the chicken died from Marek’s disease, which is harmless to humans, and not avian influenza,
which has caused more than 70 deaths in Asia since 2003.
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