Mexico destroys 8m chickens amid bird flu outbreak
Published on Aug 8, 2012 3:00 PM
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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