Saturday, May 17, 2008

A Bird Flew (Flu?)

A Korean magpie at Seoul Olympic Park. A couple of years back scientists from the Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service at Anyang detected the presence of the H5N1 type of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus in dead Korean magpies. Given that there is currently a significant outbreak of avian influenza in South Korea, perhaps it pays to admire these birds from a distance.

5 comments:

alaya said...

the bird and the yellow flowers are beautiful. should forget about the disease for a while maybe...

Dipl.-Ing. Wilfried Soddemann said...
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Phil_O'Logus said...

While I am all for free expression, I have removed the "comment" by Dipl.-Ing. Wilfried Soddemann (please check out his blog, by the way) on the grounds that it was not a legitimate comment on the photo but a diatribe that has been appended, in various versions, as comments on a wide variety of material appearing on the Internet dealing with influenza. As a Ph.D-qualified, practising virologist who has: researched influenza viruses; been involved in the manufacture of influenza vaccines; and served as a short-term consultant on avian influenza to the FAO, I have some credentials in this field. I would suggest that you submit your views, supported by the necessary data, to peer-reviewed scientific journals rather than soap-boxing through photo-blog comments. Cheers...

Ken said...

Very nice photo.

Phil_O'Logus said...

Alaya & Ken, thanks for the comments. Cheers...