I often feel I should spend more time reading scientific literature as it is frequently the only way to find out what is going on - one instance that reinforces this feeling is a recent review of scientific literature on the spread of Bird Flu that concludes that the poultry trade rather than bird migration is the main mechanism for the dispersal of the virus. The review was published in the British Ornithologists Union Journal Ibis.
Read an overview of this article on the Birdlife International website:
For the more detailed original article in Ibis:
"Recent expansion of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1: a critical review" by
M Gauthier-Clerc, C Lebarbbenchon, & F Thomas.
plus a commentary by Chris J Feare:
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