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Thursday, 09 August 2012 - 11:28
Mexico destroys 8 million chickens amid bird flu outbreak
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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.

Diseased chickens were identified, leading to the destruction of the flu-carrying fowl.

The virus responsible for the outbreak, H7N3, has occasionally caused human disease in various parts of the world, according to the United Nations, but has not shown itself to be easily transmittable between humans.

Mexican authorities hope to vaccinate 8 million fowl in the first phase of its programme, and then analyse the results before proceeding to phase two.

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