By Robert G. Wallace
Multiple outbreaks of deadly H5 bird flu are decimating poultry across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
The epidemic, moving across Eurasia in wave after wave, follows an eruption of H5N2 here in the U.S. in 2015. All the new strainsH5N2, H5N3, H5N5, H5N6, H5N8, and H5N9, together called H5Nxare descendants of the H5N1 subtype that first emerged in China in 1997 and since 2003 has killed 452 people.
Big Poultry and its collaborators in government are blaming wild waterfowl, which act as reservoirs for many influenza strains, for the new poultry outbreaks.
Contrary to the industrys claim, however, exhaustive sampling conducted by ornithologists found no H5N2 in wild waterfowl in Minnesota a state in USA . Yet Cardonas team continues to search for H5N2 in Spring 2015 samples. Why? Simply because it claims the virus must be there. The absence of evidence is treated as no barrier to an expedient assumption in industrys favour about the nature of the outbreak.