Saturday, January 14, 2006

News - BirdLife says migratory birds highly unlikely to bring H5N1 into Finland

BirdLife Finland said in a statement Friday that the spring migration was "extremely unlikely" to introduce the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza into Finland.
BirdLife points out that no link between migratory birds and the spread of H5N1 has been identified.
Bird flu did not spread to Africa and India with the hundreds of millions of birds that migrated there in the autumn, the statement added.
"It appears that in many countries migratory birds have been turned into scapegoats while the real causes behind the spread of the disease can be trace back to human activity," Teemu Lehtiniemi, the head of conservation and research at BirdLife Finland said.

NewsRoom Finland

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