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Bird Flu Outbreak Plagues Asia

posted on January 30, 2004

The outbreak of bird flu continues to take its toll on the poultry industry throughout much of Asia. To date, Vietnam and Thailand have been hit the hardest.

Tens of millions of chickens and ducks already have died across the region, either from the disease or from government-ordered slaughters aimed at containing it. Eight people also have died from avian flu.

The World Health Organization insists the mass slaughter of infected poultry is key to controlling the outbreak, but health ministers from 13 infected or threatened countries aren't so sure. They wrapped up an emergency meeting in Bangkok this week without reaching a consensus that livestock must be culled.

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