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Heightened Risk of Introduction of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Antarctica

Important Update from COMNAP: More suspected and confirmed cases of HPAI in the sub-Antarctic. See graphic display of suspected and confirmed cases as they are reported here.

Currently, there are no identified cases of HPAI in the Antarctic region. There are cases suspected and confirmed in the sub-Antarctic Island all likely introduced through natural migration of the birds to the islands in the past several weeks. We can’t stop the natural migration of birds and so we cannot stop the virus from spreading to Antarctica. But, we can look for signs of HPAI in Antarctic species and report those signs, take extra precautions to prevent the intra-continental spread of the virus by human activity, and protect our human expeditioners from contracting the disease from infected birds and mammals.

Read more about HPAI Preparedness, Monitoring & Response here:

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