Bird flu hot spot: Scientists track virus in huge migration

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Bird flu hot spot: Scientists track virus in huge migration

Ruddy turnstones, larger birds, and semipalmated sandpipers walk near the shoreline at Kimbles Beach, Middle Township, N.J. Each spring, shorebirds migrating from South America to the Arctic stop on the sands of Delaware Bay to feast on masses of horseshoe crab eggs. It’s a marvel of ecology. It’s also one of the world’s hot-spots for bird flu and a bonanza for scientists seeking clues to how influenza evolves so they just might better protect people.

Bird flu hot spot: Scientists track virus in huge migration

Ruddy turnstones, larger birds, and semipalmated sandpipers walk near the shoreline at Kimbles Beach, Middle Township, N.J. Each spring, shorebirds migrating from South America to the Arctic stop on the sands of Delaware Bay to feast on masses of horseshoe crab eggs. It’s a marvel of ecology. It’s also one of the world’s hot-spots for bird flu and a bonanza for scientists seeking clues to how influenza evolves so they just might better protect people.

Bird flu hot spot: Scientists track virus in huge migration

Left to right, Karlie Woodard, Patrick Seiler, and Pamela McKenzie, of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital collect bird droppings near horseshoe crabs at Kimbles Beach, Middle Township, N.J. Each spring, shorebirds migrating from South America to the Arctic stop on the sands of Delaware Bay to feast on masses of horseshoe crab eggs. It’s a marvel of ecology. It’s also one of the world’s hot-spots for bird flu and a bonanza for scientists seeking clues to how influenza evolves so they just might better protect people.

Bird flu hot spot: Scientists track virus in huge migration

Pamela McKenzie, of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, holds a swab with bird droppings as she shows collection of the material at Kimbles Beach, Middle Township, N,J. Each spring, shorebirds migrating from South America to the Arctic stop on the sands of Delaware Bay to feast on masses of horseshoe crab eggs. It’s a marvel of ecology. It’s also one of the world’s hot-spots for bird flu and a bonanza for scientists seeking clues to how influenza evolves so they just might better protect people.
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