Thursday, October 27, 2005

H5N1 News: Moscow zoo vet attributes bird flu spread to illegal poultry trade

Via RIA Novosti.

The Moscow Zoo's Chief Veterinarian said Thursday that the cause of the bird flu outbreak is the unmonitored transit of domestic birds, not wild bird migration.

"No one has proved anywhere that the carriers of avian flu are wild birds...However, the black market for trading animals provides all the conditions for the unmonitored transit of un-examined birds," Valentin Kozlitin said.

Kozlitin highlighted Russia's parrot trade, saying that 99% of these birds are sold illegally.


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