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Mexico destroys 8m chickens amid bird flu outbreak

Published on Aug 8, 2012 3:00 PM
 
A sign warning "Stop. For sanitary reasons, crossing is prohibited" is seen on a farm under quarantine in Tepatitlan, Jalisco State, Mexico on July 4, 2012. Eight million chickens have so far been slaughtered in Mexico and 66 million more were vaccinated in a bid to contain a bird flu outbreak in the west of the country, authorities said on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

MEXICO CITY (AFP) - Eight million chickens have so far been slaughtered in Mexico and 66 million more were vaccinated in a bid to contain a bird flu outbreak in the west of the country, authorities said on Tuesday.

The agriculture ministry said in a statement that during the vaccination process in the Los Altos region of Jalisco state, diseased chickens were identified, leading to the destruction of the flu-carrying fowl.

Food safety officials say the outbreak, which was first detected on June 20, is confined to Los Altos, which is an egg-producing area.

Inspections in other parts of the country have not turned up any signs of the disease.

 
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