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February 22, 2006

H5N1: From China With Loveterror in delhi 10/29

With the outbreak of bird-flu in several countries in the world including India, we came across a startling article published recently in the New Scientist:

A MASSIVE analysis of flu viruses has finally confirmed what everyone suspected: the H5N1 virus has been circulating in Chinese poultry for over a decade.

Yi Guan at Shantou University, China, and his colleagues studied samples from 13,000 migratory birds and 50,000 market poultry in south-east China between January 2004 and June 2005. They found H5N1 in around 2 per cent of apparently healthy ducks and geese, and also in some chickens.

Note that Yi Guan and his colleagues have already stated this in their earlier work published in the scientific journal Nature back in 2004:

Our findings indicate that domestic ducks in southern China had a central role in the generation and maintenance of this virus, and that wild birds may have contributed to the increasingly wide spread of the virus in Asia.

This was ofcourse vehemently denied by the Chinese ministry back then. This is a serious issue potentially affecting every person in this world which would cost millions of human lives and livelihoods. Now that this issue has surfaced again, the world community must insist on completely transparency and coordination from the Chinese authorities to get to the root of this virus.

Posted by dymaxion at February 22, 2006 12:40 PM

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