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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Thailand : Thousands of storks die, bird flu cause debated

Via Bangkok Post, H5n1 is suspected as the cause:

" Thousands of openbill storks in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya's Phak Hai district have died, with avian influenza thought to be a possible cause.

A vast wasteland in tambon Khok Chang of Ayutthaya is home to tens of thousands of Asian openbill storks (nok pakhang). It is one of the largest flocks of birds in Ayutthaya.

A few days ago thousands of Asian openbill storks died without apparent cause.

Residents are worried the flock might have been infected with the bird flu virus as Phak Hai district was one of many areas nationwide reported with the virus outbreak last year.

They want authorities to investigate why the birds have died."

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