Animal apocalypse

MacKenzie, Debora
May 2006
New Scientist;5/13/2006, Vol. 190 Issue 2551, p39
The article reports that the H5N1 avian influence virus could erase some endangered species in the near future. Qinghai Lake in north-central China is a haven for migrants flying along a dozen different migratory routes, including bar-headed geese that have just completed a spectacular flight over the Himalayas from India. However, this year H5N1 has for the first time had caused a mass die-off in wild birds. H5N1 is already the worst outbreak of a disease affecting animals ever known. In the wild, bird flu viruses usually circulate in waterfowl, especially ducks, infecting the birds' guts without causing obvious symptoms.


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