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Friday April 12, 2013

Nearly 4M Birds Killed at MX Poultry Farms Due to Avian Flu

Nearly 4M Birds Killed at MX Poultry Farms Due to Avian Flu

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Nearly 4 million birds were destroyed at poultry farms in the Mexican states of Jalisco and Guanajuato due to the outbreak of avian influenza in February, Agriculture Secretary Enrique Martinez said.

“The damage could have been greater, and in the end nearly 4 million birds were killed, both chickens for consumption, nearly half, and laying hens,” Martinez said.

The outbreak was detected in time and contained with a vaccination program, the agriculture secretary said after inaugurating the 13th Agriculture and Fisheries Industry Outlook Conference.

Officials declared a health emergency on Feb. 15 after the Bachoco poultry company reported an outbreak of bird flu at its farms in the central state of Guanajuato.