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OCTOBER 2005
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Ducks in Detention
Photograph by Lynn Johnson

Farmers and animal health workers in Thailand corral ducks to be tested for the H5N1 bird flu virus. Deadly to chickens and people, the virus can also infect ducks, yet the birds remain healthy as they are herded through the rice fields to fatten on leftover grains. "These gypsy ducks or wandering ducks are spreading H5N1 around South Vietnam and parts of Thailand and, of course, China," says flu expert Malik Peiris. This flock will spend eight days waiting for the results of the blood tests; only if they are free of the virus will their owner be allowed to move them to new paddies. Such measures have helped control the spread of avian flu in Thailand.


Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Leica M6 or M7
Film Type: Tri-x 35mm
Lens: 21mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/8

Weather Conditions: Hot and overcast
Time of Day: 5 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Available light

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