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Restoring wetlands and clearing poultry farms from migratory flyways could help curb the spread of bird flu by stopping wild birds from mixing with domestic fowl, a U.N.-commissioned report said on Tuesday.
The clearance of wetlands due to drainage for agriculture or hydroelectric projects is forcing some wild birds on to alternative sites such as farm ponds and paddy fields, bringing them into direct contact with domestic poultry, the report said. ...This increases the spread of the virus, which has jumped from Asia to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
"There's a contraction for the habitat for wild birds and a natural situation arising which promotes the inter-mixing of wild birds and domestic poultry," said David Rapport, a Canadian professor and lead author of the report.
"So should a pathogen arise in domestic poultry, it becomes more likely to be spread into wild birds... because the health of those ecosystems has been compromised," he told a news conference in Nairobi.
Report: Restoring Wetlands Key to Curbing Bird Flu
Originally posted by St Udio
99% of these bird/fowl food farms, do not let the 'product' out of their penned in lives.
i guess the article is referring to the miniscule populations of 'free range' fowl that is becoming the 'carrier' and is spreading the 'bird=flu' virus
as they wander to their local pond or paddy which was infected by the migratory birds.