Cornell bird experts monitor for early detection of avian flu
Bird experts from Cornell University plan to
test thousands of samples from different species in an early detection program
for the avian flu virus.
Cornell ornithologists are undertaking the research to understand and track
the disease and to relay accurate information about avian influenza strains, the
Ithaca, New York- based university said.
"Nobody knows which species
of birds are capable of flying thousands of miles across the ocean after
contracting the disease,'' a Cornell press release said.
government task force has its eye on Alaska, where about 30 species of migratory
birds, including Arctic warblers and yellow wagtails, will breed this spring
after wintering in Asia.''
For the lethal H5N1 strain of avian flu to
establish itself on US soil via wild birds, several events must come together,
none of which can be predicted, the university said.
researchers are less concerned about avian flu affecting humans or domestic
poultry, they point out that the virulence of the H5N1 virus creates a real
danger to threatened or endangered bird species
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