German article: no need to fear songbirds [a [machine translation"]
Hard times for storks and swallows: Because many humans worry themselves the fact that migratory birds could transfer H5N1 vergraulen them the feather/spring cattle, which normally nistet in the proximity of human settlements. "we gotten to time messages that for example humans push the refuges of white storks of their roof, around the animals to drive out", reports professor Dr. Franz Bairlein, director of the institute for bird research in Wilhelmshaven and president of the German Ornithologi society. Vogelschuetzer report also of the fact that anxious humans ask the NIST places of swallows zuspachteln or, whether there are special devices, with which one ducks from property keep away can. With the nature protection federation Germany (Nabu) one registers such messages anxiously. "that is not a over reaction, it exists a reason to the panic", stresses Markus Nipkow, adviser for Ornithologie and bird protection with the Nabu. "the epidemic concentrates naturally on wassergefluegel [waterbirds, surely; but even these killed by H5N1 - bar a few ducks that prove extremely hard to find in the wild], most other kinds of bird is not at all concerned. That applies also to singing birds." Small infection risk by singing birds In the laboratory it succeeded to scientists to infect singing birds with the dangerous bird flu virus H5N1. "in Southeast Asia got sick also a haussperling, which lived Franz Bairlein with house poultry on a chicken yard", reports. With only one case in nine years bird flu gotten sick singing birds are in addition, in Asia a rarity. "singing birds have contact in their natural environment hardly to potenzielle virus carriers", describe the ornithologist. "differently than water birds blackbirds live alone or with their partner in the forest and keep themselves away from kind comrades. for example"
Experts therefore see no reason adjusting the winter feeding of singing birds. "it is still very cold, one can thus calmly further feed. One should clean and no dead animals touch the fodder place however caution for the sake of with gloves ", guesses Nabu expert Markus Nipkow. Swans and ducks do not feed Ornithologists advise against however strictly to feed swans and ducks at ponds or rivers. "it does not concern thereby so much that humans can be infected with the animal, that holds I for relatively improbable", says Nabu Vogelexperte Markus Nipkow. "however by feeding animals meet more near, which normally keep themselves away from kind comrades. By this artificial proximity the virus can infect more easily further animals ", describes it.
Early storks come from Spain Storks, which reach Germany in these weeks, wintered mostly in Spain. There there is so far however no bird flu. Therefore the animals with large probability H5N1 do not have. "the animals, which pull from Africa here, come only many later, usually only in April", stressed dock Michael Thomsen of Michael petrol Michael-Otto-Institut in the Nabu. Besides in the appropriate wintering areas in Africa still no H5N1 arose. The case in Nigeria is limited to utilizable animals and is to an illegal animal import to be due. In the wintering areas of migratory birds it so far still no H5N1 gives. If thus storks on the roof nisten, one should let them grant calmly. "and also in the times of the bird flu the nature protection laws apply not to be disturbed, after those the NIST places by threatened animal species may." An infection danger threatens only over excrement of bird droppings can besides always pathogens such as Salmonellen contained. "it is enough however to wash itself the hands if one were in the garden", says the dock Michael Thomsen. "otherwise one does not approximate the animal." In Lower Saxony scientists examine now completely purposefully also excrement samples of white storks, which return in these weeks again to Germany. "we hope that we can take thereby also the fear of the animals to the population, if we prove that they are not infected, stress" Franz Bairlein.