Avian Influenza and UV-B Blocked by Biomass Smoke
Mims, Forrest M.,, III, Environmental Health Perspectives
Washam (2005) described various poultry inoculation strategies being considered for controlling the spread of avian influenza in Southeast Asia and China. Longini et al. (2005) proposed that a future avian influenza A pandemic might be contained at the source by targeted prophylaxis, quarantine, and prevaccination.
Washam (2005) correctly noted that "Asian farmers, though, are running out of options." I propose a new option: Avian influenza might be controlled by a substantial reduction in regional scale biomass smoke in Southeast Asia that will allow natural solar ultraviolet-B radiation (UV-B) to suppress the virus before infection occurs.
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Publication information: Article title: Avian Influenza and UV-B Blocked by Biomass Smoke. Contributors: Mims, Forrest M.,, III - Author. Journal title: Environmental Health Perspectives. Volume: 113. Issue: 12 Publication date: December 2005. Page number: A806+. © 2006 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. COPYRIGHT 2005 Gale Group.
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