Monday, March 20, 2006

EXPERT VIROLOGIST: DEADLY H5N1 BIRD FLU IS MANMADE!

Want to know who to blame for the ever-spreading bird flu?  Us.  That's right.  This virologist claims that the deadly bird flu we are being warned about on an almost daily basis, is, in fact, a product of high-volume, commercial bird farms...
Chicken never has been cheaper. A whole one can be bought for little more than the price of a cup of coffee from Starbucks. But the industrial farming methods that make ever-cheaper chicken possible also may have created the lethal strain of bird flu virus, H5N1, that threatens to set off a global pandemic. According to University of Ottawa flu virologist Earl Brown, lethal bird flu is entirely man-made, first evolving in commercially produced poultry in Italy in 1878. The highly pathogenic H5N1 is descended from a strain that first appeared in Scotland in 1959. People have been living with backyard flocks of poultry since the dawn of civilization. But it wasn't until poultry production became modernized and birds were raised in much larger numbers and concentrations that a virulent bird flu evolved. Somehow, the virus that arose in Scotland found its way to China, where, as H5N1, it has been raging for more than a decade.


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