June 8, 2005

 

Bird flu ruled out in death of Brazilian chickens

 

 

Authorities in Brazil have ruled out avian flu as the cause of a mysterious respiratory illness that prompted the slaughter of 17,000 chickens in the west-central Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul.


The disease that inflicted the chickens is likely to be the exotic Newcastle disease which paralyses and kills all species of birds, but is not a threat to humans


The Brazilian farm in the town of Jaraguari where the chickens were slaughtered has been surrounded with road blocks, and 107 chicken farms there were quarantined as well.


Brazil is the world's largest chicken exporter. Production for last year rose eight percent and exports soared 26 percent, with exports from Asian countries curtailed by the outbreak of bird flu.

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