Thursday, January 19, 2006

Are high risk farming practices spreading avian flu?


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"Much has been written in recent months about the role of wild birds in spreading the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 virus. But there is a distinct lack of evidence to support these assertions. Tens of thousands of apparently healthy wild birds have been tested for HPAI H5N1 over the last decade. According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in November 2005: 'To date extensive testing of clinically normal migratory birds in the infected countries has not produced any positive results for H5N1.'"

Link: Full Article from BirdLife International

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