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Scientists fear for penguin populations as Antarctica sees first case of bird flu

By Elizabeth Bobenhausen Poultry Times staff

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — In February, Reuters reported scientists discovered a fatal case of a type of avian influenza on the continent of Antarctica that could cause harm to the penguin populations.

Spain's Higher Council for Scientific Investigation (CSIC) said, “This discovery demonstrates for the first time that the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus has reached Antarctica despite the distance and natural barriers that separate it from other continents.”

CSIC noted that the virus was found through samples of dead skua sea birds that were discovered by Argentine scientists near the scientific station of Primavera.

“Analysis has conclusively shown. . .

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