Wader trapping and the bird flu threat

Subject: Wader trapping and the bird flu threat
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2005 09:58:29 +1000
I don't want to support the banders-are-worse-than-Hitler stuff but H5N1
is expanding its geographic range rapidly so it quite possible it'll
reach Australian wild birds - whether it infects people in Australia is
a very different question.

Fortunately H5N1 currently is not spreading readily bird -> human and
human <-> human transmission apparently isn't occurring.  But personally
I'd be cautious about handling sick or dead birds, particularly
waterbirds, and extremely cautious if there are multiple sick/dead birds.

And anything that looks like a disease outbreak should definitely be
reported to the appropriate government department. 
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