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  •  Your suspicion of Agribusiness (0+ / 0-)

    is justified but your epidemiology of avian flu is not based on fact.

    FOX NEWS viewers: Ignorant before watching, stupid after watching.

    by OHdog on Tue May 22, 2007 at 07:14:17 AM PDT

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    •  There have been a number of studies (0+ / 0-)

      The main weakness in the migratory bird theory is that the geographical spread of the disease does not match with migratory routes and seasons. "No species migrates from Qinghai, China, west to Eastern Europe," says BirdLife's Dr Richard Thomas. "When plotted, the pattern of outbreaks follows major road and rail routes, not flyways. And the absence of outbreaks in Africa, South and Southeast Asia and Australasia this autumn is hard to explain, if wild birds are the primary carriers."[16] If migratory birds are transmitting the disease, why has bird flu not hit the Philippines or Burma, and why has it been confined to a few commercial operations in Laos, when all three countries are surrounded by bird flu-infected countries? Even if it is possible for migratory birds to transport the disease, as recent cases in Europe suggest, there are much more significant vectors of transmission that should be the focus of attention. There is simply no good reason to batten down the hatches and force poultry indoors.

      Fowl Play

      The establishment of regional virus sublineages suggests that H5N1 virus is perpetuated in poultry largely through the movement of poultry and poultry products rather than by continued reintroduction of viruses by migrating birds.

      One of the Grain references

      "Davis-Bacon prevailing wage, I'm not sure what that is" Sen. Jeff Sessions

      by Hens Teeth on Tue May 22, 2007 at 08:29:33 AM PDT

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