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Bird Flu 3: Sa Pa, Vietnam

They believe the deceased love all presents sent to them in colorful decoration. According to tradition, the best offering gift must be placed exactly at the center of the ancestral altar and chicken is the best of the best.

I took this photo of ceremonial offerings to Heaven and Earth and to village’s God during the annual ground-breaking ceremony of minority people in Ta Van and Lao Chai Tribes near Sa Pa on first full moon day.


Recently, travelers have been warned about the outbreak of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) again. Believe it or not, let’s face it:

*US Health Department
*United Nations Heath Organization
*Nature Publishing Group
*BBC, London
*Washington Post

You have to take your health into your own hands and be responsible for your own health outcome, which means educating yourself. Essentially, the bird flu situation looks to be getting worse. We're seeing more infections in Vietnam and symptomless carriers, and countries are doing little to actually prepare for the virus. They have plans in place and claim to be stockpiling a vaccine that doesn't even exist. The only thing they are really stockpiling is Tamiflu, which is not very effective against H5N1 and will be in short supply if an outbreak actually occurs.

In this serial of pictures, I would like to share with you the reality: although chicken in human conversation is a fear, in the food circulation, it is a promised taste and profit.

* Bird Flu 1, Yuanyang, China
* Bird Flu 2, Sa Pa, Vietnam
* Bird Flu 3, Sa Pa, Vietnam

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