H5N1 resurfaces

If you thought that avian influenza had gone away, you were wrong. The H5N1 strain has reappeared at a turkey farm in the UK.

Wise words in a letter to the Guardian from several high-profile campaigners, Noam Chomsky among them, who call for:

the elimination of large-scale intensive livestock farming, which is accelerating the development of new pandemic viruses

I’m sure they’re correct – though I’d like to see some data. Still, I suspect that wild migrating birds are not the problem here.