A profile view of a Lesser Scaup at the Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge located in Tulelake, Cal. Lesser Scaup is listed as a species of concern. (Credit: Dave Menke, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Public domain.)
A profile view of a Lesser Scaup at the Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge located in Tulelake, Cal. Lesser Scaup is listed as a species of concern.

Avian flu testing of wild ducks informs biosecurity, reduces economic loss

Ducks in North America can be carriers of avian flu viruses similar to 2016 outbreak strains in Indiana that led to loss of hundreds of thousands of chickens and turkeys.

Understanding the genetic origins of avian influenza outbreaks through enhanced wild bird surveillance sampling can provide early warning to poultry producers and lead to improved biosecurity measures that can reduce economic losses in future outbreaks.

To understand the origins of the novel strain of H7N8 avian influenza that caused an outbreak in Indiana in January 2016 and the possible role wild birds played in the outbreak, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and collaborators exami

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