November 23, 2013 at 2:27 pm #1157MikeKeymaster
in German martens – from bridget
In trying to locate the trout story from previous missive, this AP
article popped up.
Still, I can not say to myself, this speaks volumes to the condition.
Yet, as individuals, we must not only watch how the weather
modification programs are impacting all nature, but also make
informed decisions about our community’s and families health.
Bird flu found in weasel-like mammal
Last updated: 10:06 a.m., Thursday, March 9, 2006
BERLIN — The H5N1 bird flu virus has been found in a weasel-like
mammal called a stone marten, a German laboratory said Thursday,
indicating the disease has spread to another animal species.
The Friedrich-Loeffler Institute confirmed the presence of the virus
in the marten, a carnivorous mammal with brown fur and a white
throat patch. The animal was found sick and apparently dying on the
island of Ruegen in northern Germany on March 2.
It was then killed by a government veterinarian, the institute said
in a statement.
The deadly strain of bird flu was found in a cat on the same island
last month, the first time the virus has been identified in an
animal other than a bird in central Europe. Infected cats have since
been found in Austria.
“The presence of an H5N1 infection in a second mammalian species is
not surprising,” Till Backhaus, the regional minister for
agriculture, said in a statement. “Cats and martens have a
comparable prey spectrum.”
Cats are believed to have caught the virus by eating infected birds
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