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Bird flu in Asia: The situation ahead of festival season

Traditions die hard and in the case of bird-to-human transmission of highly pathogenic avian influenza, the preference of many Chinese to purchase live birds to slaughter during the holiday season puts them at a particular risk for airborne contact with the virus from infected animals. Dr William Riley, an animal health and nutrition consultant based in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China, provides an avian flu profile in Asia, with a particular focus on the up-coming Chinese New Year holiday.

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