Friday, February 03, 2006

Scientists, Conservationist Debate on Bird Flu

Governments and UN agencies are pointing their fingers at the birds. Prove it, say many bird conservationists, who fear an unjustified cull

HAS the H5N1 bird flu virus crossed Asia on the wings of migrating wild birds? Yes, say governments and UN agencies. Prove it, say many bird conservationists, who fear we are about to see an irresponsible and unjustified cull.

"People have just accepted that migrant birds are carrying disease," charges Richard Thomas of Bird Life International in Cambridge, UK.

What is beyond dispute is that in May 2005, thousands of wild geese died of H5N1 at Qinghai Lake in China.

A smaller outbreak in migrant geese and swans followed in Mongolia. Then in late July the disease cropped up in poultry near Novosibirsk in Siberia, before moving west to five more regions in Russia and to Kazakhstan by August, Romania and Turkey in October, and Ukraine in December.

Conservationists point out that these outbreaks are clustered along major long-distance transport routes. They say this shows that commercial poultry, not migrating

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TITLE: SCIENTISTS, CONSERVATIONIST DEBATE ON BIRD FLU VIRUS


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