Officials confirm no sign of bird flu from Alaska tests

The Associated Press
Published: January 9, 2007
Last Modified: January 9, 2007 at 04:24 PM

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – There were no signs of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu from tests conducted in Alaska in 2006, state officials said Tuesday….

“Roughly 21,000 wild birds in Alaska were sampled for avian flu by federal and state agencies last year,”

Officials said no cases of the deadly strain were found but, but as expected, other low pathogenic forms of avian flu did turn up.

Of the samples collected by the state game department, about 7 percent tested positive for some sort of low-pathogenic avian influenza.

Rothe cautioned that even though thousands of birds were tested, that’s just a small sample of the wild birds that pass through Alaska.

“While we’re reassured from our targeted sampling efforts, we can’t say with 100 percent certainty that we’re clean,” he said…

This announcement, like the others, still does not give the actual results. Where is… Alaska’s data?
Here is the tests map. Alaska shows 17,023 birds tested and results known as of today

results map HEDDS

Here are the latest tests results for everyone except Alaska

    Hold the digital presses!

Finally, but in a pdf file,
as of December, 2006 there were 16,904 samples with 318 positive for LPAI H5N1

and here’s the news release above, also pdf, but it’s available! in “real” time! let’s hear it for the new guv!

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