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Understanding the Risk of Avian Influenza in New Zealand

Understanding the Risk of Avian Influenza in New Zealand

High Pathogenicity Avian Influenza (HPAI), commonly known as bird flu, poses a significant risk to bird populations globally, including potential threats to New Zealand's unique biodiversity. New Zealand remains free of the most virulent strains, such as H5N1, largely due to its strict biosecurity measures and geographic isolation.

However, the presence of Low Pathogenicity Avian Influenza (LPAI) in wild birds and the risk of mutation call for vigilant monitoring and preparedness. For comprehensive details on how HPAI could affect New Zealand and the measures in place to prevent its arrival and spread, read the full article on the Ministry for Primary Industries website: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/biosecurity/pests-and-diseases-not-in-new-zealand/animal-diseases-not-in-nz/high-pathogenicity-avian-influenza-and-the-risk-to-nz/