Bird flu re­dux

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Bird flu has struck In­dia again. This time at the Delhi Zoo. Of­fi­cials have not yet been able to put a finger on what has caused the out­break. The lo­cal mi­gra­tory birds are sus­pected to carry the strains of H5N8 avian in­fluenza. Bird flu out­breaks in the past in In­dia in 2006 (Maharashtra), 2008 (West Ben­gal) and 2014 (Ker­ala) have also been blamed on wild birds. In the past, the United Na­tions has called for restor­ing nat­u­ral wet­lands, where these birds dwell, to pre­vent pan­demics. Down To Earth re­ported this in Re­store wet­lands (1-15 May, 2006). the loss of nat­u­ral wet­lands com­pels wild species to join do­mes­tic species in farm ponds and paddy fields... Clearly, lessons have not been learnt.

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