Just seen re new book, Fowl! Bird Flu - It's Not What You Think Has notions pollutants, radiation, have some connections.
"FOWL!" is an investigative report into how dioxins, POPs and other environment chemicals are contributing to illness in migratory birds, chickens and humans by making them more susceptible to the effects of influenza viruses.
Also today, sent link to page w mention of radioactive contamination of environment - test site in Qinghai, Chernobyl. In French, at: http://h5n1-theses-hypotheses.over-blog.com/article-2410753.html via babelfish:
several sites of emergence of zoonose in the wild birds correspond to polluted sites or relate to birds which could have a decreased immunity (chingai = old site of manufacture of Chinese nuclear bombs) the sector of the Baltic contains many immersed ammunition, East-West flows of birds between Russia and Western Europe pass to the top zones of repercussions of Tchernobyl. and the geography of the cases in Europe and Eastern Europe can make think of the chart repercussions of Chernobyl, the Vietnamese soldier nam has important after-effects of war (of which dioxanes)... it would be interesting to know if the radioactivity or other mutagen agents have particular effects on the viral arn grippal chart ospar:
I don't know if too outlandish, or worth considering. (Yes, I should read Fowl! - only just published)