Saturday, February 9, 2008

Bad time to be a bird

It's a bad time to be a bird in Bangladesh.

Avian influenza outbreaks continue, seemingly increasing as the weeks progress. Tens of thousands of poultry are culled each week but the strategy has done litte to check the spread of the virus. Another new phenomena, unheard of in other countries, has been the mass deaths of crows from bird flu all around the country. Here's a picture of such crows from last week's paper. They were found in a well known park in Dhaka. Usually crows are not infected with or do not die from bird flu. However, these crows are apparently feeding on carcases of chickens who died from H5N1 and ingesting massive amounts of virus.

No reported human cases yet, but we're still looking.

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