Penguins and albatrosses are amongst the species of animals now confirmed to have tested positive for Avian Flu on South Georgia.

On 11 March the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands announced that Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has now been confirmed at 23 sites across South Georgia.

Species which have previously tested positive for HPAI include: Brown Skua, Kelp Gull, Wandering Albatross, Elephant Seal and Antarctic Fur Seal. Samples taken in February 2024 now confirm HPAI affecting penguins for the first time. The positive samples came from one colony of Gentoo Penguins and one colony of King Penguins on South Georgia.

You can read the GSGSSI announcement here.

There is more information in a news article from the British Antarctic Survey here.