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What breeds of wild birds primarily carry avian influenza?

Avian influenza viruses have mostly been detected in wild waterfowl (ducks, geese, and swans) and shorebirds (wading birds), gulls, and terns.

With few exceptions, the thousands of flu strains found in wild birds have been low pathogenic avian influenza (low potential to produce disease) and have rarely caused signs of illness.

The occurrence of low pathogenic avian influenza in wild ducks in North America reaches its height in late summer and early fall. In shorebirds, infection rates are highest during the spring migration, although in comparison with waterfowl, their infection rates are much lower.

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