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Much about the disease remains poorly understood, but the present situation is serious and "the risk that a pandemic virus might emerge is not likely to diminish in the near future".
"In terms of geographical spread of the virus, mallard ducks are now regarded as the 'champion' vectors; mute swans are highly susceptible birds that are thought to serve as sentinels, but probably not as vectors of virus transmission," it said in the report, posted on its website www.who.int.
...Recent studies had shown that the virus is now moving both ways in "relay transmission", from poultry to migratory birds and back again...
Originally posted by Gools
I get the impression these birds were "struck down in mid-flight", so to speak.
3400 in just a couple of days? Where they all part of the same flock? I didn't know bird flu spread or acted so quickly in neighbouring populations. Such a cluster outbreak implies short transmission and incubation times. So perhaps your right Sofi, a new strain.
But if the terrorist/government control card is played, more sinister theories come to mind. I wonder which is more likely?
Originally posted by Gools
If it's not bird flu, and such high numbers in a single day play against that IMO, I would guess some kind of industrial/chemical pollution scenario or maybe those mysterious chemtrails...
Homeland Security is involved? Did they take over the Centers for Disease Control or something?
With DHS involved, the story takes on several possible conspiracy twists IMO.
"struck down in mid-flight"
This administration routinely pulls the terrorist threat card for cover-ups, distraction and deflection.
Pathology of Trichomonas gallinae infection
The pathology associated with trichomoniasis in doves and pigeons usually involves young birds and consists of the formation of caseous necrotic masses in the upper digestive tract and occasionally in the viscera. The first (acute) lesions appear in the mouth, pharynx, esophagus, and crop and consist of inflammation and development of creamy-white, wet, and sticky exudate on the mucosal surface (lining). The lesions progress to small, well-defined raised yellow-white ulcers. As the disease progresses further (chronic), the mucosal lesions become yellow in color, larger in size, hard, caseous coalesced masses that may invade the sinuses of the skull, extend externally to the beak and eyes, penetrate through the base of the skull into the brain and penetrate the viscera causing necrotic areas in the liver, spleen, pancreas, heart, lungs and air sacs.
In Michigan, aspergillosis has been identified as a mortality factor in the mallard, canvasback, redhead, wood duck, common merganser, black duck, teal, Canada goose, mute swan, tundra swan, whistling swan, ring-billed gull, herring gull, Sichuan pheasant, ring-necked pheasant, ruffed grouse, wild turkey, raven, evening grosbeak, rose-breasted grosbeak, eastern bluebird, American robin, common grackle, peregrine falcon, red-tailed hawk, bald eagle, purple martin, snowy owl, great horned owl, black duck and common loon. It has also been found, but is a minor mortality factor in white-tailed deer. michigan.gov
Death of 1,000 mallards in Idaho raises health concerns
Last Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2006 | 12:59 PM ET
The death of more than 1,000 mallard ducks along a southern Idaho creek bed has puzzled wildlife agencies in the United States.
Investigators from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are testing tissue samples, hoping to rule out an avian flu outbreak.
Migratory mallards from Canada and their local cousins began dying last week around Land Springs Creek, about 300 kilometres southeast of Boise.
While other birds such as geese, crows and eagles in the area have been unaffected, reports said the ducks were still perishing Wednesday, staggering and struggling to breathe before collapsing.
In October, 243 mallard ducks died in a similar manner in Chilliwack, B.C.
Investigators at the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture's animal health centre found those ducks died of pulmonary aspergillosis, a condition caused when fungal spores are inhaled. The ducks may have contracted the fungal infection while feeding in a cornfield.