USDA to test avian flu vaccine; wild birds nixed as Minnesota H5N2 source | CIDRAP

No H5N2 in Minnesota wild birds

In Minnesota, no evidence of the H5N2 strain has been found in samples from wild birds that were near the affected farm at the time of the outbreak earlier this month, according to Lou Cornicelli, PhD, wildlife research manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

DNR officials said earlier that samples from two mallards were positive for influenza A viruses in preliminary tests. But further testing of those samples by the USDA has ruled out any H5 or H7 strain, Cornicelli told CIDRAP News today.

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TB Patients That The World Writes Off Are Getting Cured In Peru : Goats and Soda : NPR

I met a guy, Luis, who’s 19. His TB was so bad they had to take out an entire lung. He was just two weeks away from finishing one year of the IV treatment. He’s just about through the worst. Then there’s another year, on pills. He was very upbeat. He had been driving a mototaxi — a three-wheeled jitney cab. He’s hoping next year he’ll be able to go to school and study to be a professional.

What kind of professional?

I asked him. He said, “Anything other than driving taxis!”

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Monsanto, Bono, Africa and Suicide

Out of his realm of knowledge, he accepts the false promises of those whose only real interest is profit over people and planet. Giving comfort to earth’s enemy is a terrible thing.

Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

He was once a hero of mine.

A singer who sang about the issues I cared about.

But, “Sunday, Bloody Sunday,” has become “Endgame, Bloody Endgame,” as the one time singer who articulated the ideals of a generation, turns advocate and spokesperson for the awful, dreadful, death impregnated, GM seed and food corporations of the globe.

The G8 Summit, where the great and the greedy met to plan their attack on an unsuspecting continent, will go down in history as the final chapter in a globalized attack on the poor and downtrodden of our world.

For we all know about India and the almost quarter of a million dirt poor farmers who have taken their lives in all manner of disturbing ways.

That was about seed.

GM seed.

Seed with great advertising and promises behind it, pushing it upon the most vulnerable upon our sacred Earth.

And, if I know…I…

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