Migrating birds incorrectly blamed

Wild birds are wrongly getting the blame for spreading avian flu.

It’s the transport of food & poultry that is the true culprit.

Read the press release from the British Ornithologists’ Union

“Human commercial activities, particularly those associated with poultry, are the major factors that have determined global dispersal.”

[click pic for larger version of incorrect vector assumptions]

The global network of migration routes seemed to hide the real vectors – without strict health controls – of the exchanges of poultry, the more likely mechanism for disease spread. [link to British Ornithologists’ Union]

This 2005 story [and at BBC] about spread of bird flu virus among migrating geese and other birds at a wildlife refuge in China are incorrect.