Chinese wetlands plumb depths of bird flu ignorance – Reuters

From Reuters, via Stuff.co.nz:

Baiyangdian, a maze of reed-lined waterways two hours’ drive south of Beijing, is just the crossroads of water, birds and farmers that many experts believe could sow more and deadlier outbreaks of bird flu.

The villagers here live among the marshes – boats are the only transport in and out – and many of them raise ducks that share the wetlands with wildfowl, including migratory ducks and geese.

Yet despite an arc of outbreaks across China in the past two weeks, duck farmers here showed none of the fear that has gripped Europe amid scientists’ warnings that the spread of the H5N1 virus among farm birds could brew a human pandemic.

See also “China poultry markets hit by bird flu scare” from Forbes.com.

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