Australia, one of the few countries of the Asia-Pacific region that has not been hit by the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, has survived the most dangerous time of year for the spread of the infection.
The end-of-summer departure of millions of migratory birds had greatly reduced the risk of them introducing the deadly virus from Asia, spreading it to native birds and eventually into the human food chain, government officials said on Wednesday.
Australia has had five previous outbreaks of bird flu, most recently in 1997, with the infection brought in by migratory birds that defecate into water, passing the flu onto wild birds.
Australia's chicken industry had taken stringent measures, treating water and erecting elaborate screens against wild birds.
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