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Bird Flu is Mutating Quickly

November 30, 2016

For whatever reasons you want to blame, bird flu is back, and it’s getting worse quickly. Although bird flu has been around (or at least documented) for two decades, the newest incarnation—H5N8—can infect more types of birds, including wild birds with long migration patterns, which has allowed it to quickly spread the world over. The […]

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Health officials want you to be on the lookout for bird flu. And you thought cold and flu season would end when summer got here! Bird flu has spread across the US like wildfire this year—after over 200 outbreaks, and the destruction of tens of millions of birds, it hasn’t ended. So far, no humans […]

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In the Pacific Northwest, “backyard” bird rearing (chickens, ducks, and geese) is popular, just like recycling and organic gardening. It’s part DIY, part eating healthier and more humanely. But wild ducks have brought in a virulent strain of Bird Flu: H5N2. Most people don’t have to worry—commercial chicken farms haven’t been infected (yet, but we’ll […]

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