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Scientists are concerned that a deadly strain of avian influenza, specifically H5N1, could have devastating effects on marine animals and birds in Antarctica. The virus has already caused outbreaks on nearby islands, and scientists believe it is only a matter of time before it reaches Antarctica. The unique and interconnected nature of the species in the region, coupled with their long-distance travels, increases the likelihood of the virus spreading to the continent.
We're kind of braced for impact. We've been like that since basically the end of [last] year.