August 18, 2006
August 18, 2006 - The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior announced on Monday that routine surveillance has indicated the presence of avian influenza in samples from two wild swans in Michigan. Testing has ruled out the possibility of this being the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain that has spread through birds in Asia, Europe and Africa. Test results thus far indicate this is low pathogenicity avian influenza, which poses no threat to human health.
The results of the test are expected within two weeks and will be made public when complete.
Later in the week, South Korea and Mexico announced they were suspending poultry imports. South Korea temporarily suspended poultry imports from the United States while Mexico stopped importing poultry from the state of Michigan.