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Mexico Kills 8 Million Chickens To Contain H7N3 Virus 105

Posted by Soulskill
from the suddenly-glad-we're-the-dominant-species-on-this-planet dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Mexico has so far slaughtered eight million chickens and vaccinated 66 million more in an effort to contain a bird flu outbreak in the west of the country, officials said Tuesday. The country's agriculture ministry had identified the diseased chickens during the vaccination process in the Los Altos region of Jalisco state, which led to the destruction of the H7N3-carrying birds."
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Mexico Kills 8 Million Chickens To Contain H7N3 Virus

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  • by Niris (1443675) on Wednesday August 08, 2012 @03:21PM (#40922257)
    KFC imports 8 million chickens for their new "Clucker Bowl"
    • by Anonymous Coward

      M-m-m-multi-kill!

      • by cayenne8 (626475)
        Damn...that's a lot of chicken fajitas/burritos/tacos to eat up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Hope they made plenty of fresh salsa for the feast.....

        • by rednip (186217)
          Oh, I doubt if anyone would have handled any of it outside of containment, likely the bodies will be cremated, if they ain't already, aside from samples. As egg layers, those chicken are not normally used for food, it's fortunate as it seems that it's product isn't infected. The Wikipedia page [wikipedia.org] claims that of the over 6 million birds tested, 1.7 million of them came up positive for it. Another outbreak had two human victims, thankfully they both fully recovered.
          • by Macrat (638047)

            Oh, I doubt if anyone would have handled any of it outside of containment, likely the bodies will be cremated, if they ain't already, aside from samples.

            Of course there is no reason to fear that the Mexican govt wouldn't follow process.

            Or the workers hauling all of it away.

      • That could be done with #kill -9 0
        Why the fuss?
        • Somehow "H7N3" looks like something I'd expect to see written on the side of a ship in Mass Effect.
    • You know... I heard many Chick-fil-A stores actually ran out of chicken [nbc26.tv] a few days ago and could use a re-stocking. Mmm... I'll have the country-style H7N3 sandwich and large waffle-fries.
      • by Macrat (638047)
        I guess you aren't aware of the El Pollo Loco chain or restaurants. ;-)
    • by Dahamma (304068) on Wednesday August 08, 2012 @04:38PM (#40923245)

      I'm just waiting for Jenny McCarthy to start complaining about how the other 66 million chickens will develop autism.

    • by slick7 (1703596)

      KFC imports 8 million chickens for their new "Clucker Bowl"

      When do you by stock, before or after the epidemic?
      Without protected borders, people crossing into national boundaries,with dis-eased material is more like an invasion, than searching for the American dream. We are suffering from drought, flooding, storms and way too many undocumented aliens.Our schools mill out those who communicate electronically rather than face to face. hope the power doesn't go out.

    • by Macrat (638047)
      Actually it will be sold through the El Pollo Loco chain.
    • KFC imports 8 million chickens for their new "Clucker Bowl"

      I believe KFC cuts off the chickens' heads to instantly kill them but I believe Mexico's method was even more effective: they made them drink the water :-P

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I'd like to have some gov't suit come by and tell us, "Choke your chickens."

    • by Sulphur (1548251)

      I'd like to have some gov't suit come by and tell us, "Choke your chickens."

      That's how flu kills chickens. Suddenly they can't breathe with mucus and red tape clogging their airway.

  • I hope I'm not secretly a cibopath [wikipedia.org]
  • by ravenscar (1662985) on Wednesday August 08, 2012 @03:36PM (#40922459)

    "I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."

  • "Mexico has so far slaughtered eight million chickens and vaccinated 66 million more in an effort to contain a bird flu outbreak in the west of the country"

    Guess there's not much to worry about when I return to Cancun for some much needed rest.

  • "66 Million Chickens Vaccinated in Los Altos" sounds like the headline to a story about a Steve Wozniak prank. (The famous garage was in Los Altos)
  • by MobyDisk (75490) on Wednesday August 08, 2012 @03:46PM (#40922585) Homepage

    slaughtered eight million chickens

    This is supposed to be news for nerds, not news for geeks [merriam-webster.com].

  • by wonkey_monkey (2592601) on Wednesday August 08, 2012 @03:46PM (#40922587) Homepage
    Unless they killed them with a particle accelerator or calculated the right number of chickens to vaccinate with a Beowulf cluster of Raspberry Pis, not interested.
  • I mean, having the word "virus" in the story won't make it appealing to the /. crowd unless the word "Microsoft" is also included.
  • What is it? (Score:4, Funny)

    by shugah (881805) on Wednesday August 08, 2012 @04:09PM (#40922885)
    Mr. Tweedy: What is it? Mrs. Tweedy: It's a pie machine, you idiot. Chickens go in, pies come out. Mr. Tweedy: Ooh, what kind of pies? Mrs. Tweedy: Apple. Mr. Tweedy: My favourite.
  • ...cluck-a-geddon.
  • POLLOS.
  • I've killed more chickens than that....on Minecraft.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    As expected, numerous posts making fun of the deaths of these birds. I suppose they don't feel pain like you do - that'll be it. After all, you're so much more important than a few million chickens, aren't you. Just astounding.

    Look at crap like this, from a supposed 'adult' presumably: "Unless they killed them with a particle accelerator or calculated the right number of chickens to vaccinate with a Beowulf cluster of Raspberry Pis, not interested."

    Such empathy and humanity. How do you people function in da

  • If 8 million humans were slaughtered, we would call it a Holocaust.
    If 8 million chickens were slaughtered, we would call it......well nothing, we wouldn't even blink an eyelid at the thought.

    Its amazing and disturbing how totally blasé we are at killing mammals.

    They are only chickens, amiright?

    • hello! anyone down there??

      "no one here but us messican chickens."

      see, its empty. told ya.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by DRJlaw (946416)

      If 8 million humans were slaughtered, we would call it a Holocaust.
      If 8 million chickens were slaughtered, we would call it......well nothing, we wouldn't even blink an eyelid at the thought.

      One is sentient, the other is pretty decidedly not sentient. One is not-food (for almost all), the other is pretty decidedly food (for almost all). One has a total population of about 7 billion, one has a population birth rate of about 50 billion per year.

      You don't complain about the bacterial holocaust that you wreak

      • by JoeDuncan (874519)

        One is sentient, the other is pretty decidedly not sentient.

        "Sentient" just means the ability to have sensations. Chickens are most definitely sentient. I believe you likely meant "self-aware".

    • If 8 million chickens were slaughtered, we would call it......well nothing, we wouldn't even blink an eyelid at the thought. Its amazing and disturbing how totally blasé we are at killing mammals.

      You seem to have missed the fact that CHICKENS ARE NOT MAMMALS.

      Your slashdot privileges have now been REVOKED.

    • There is a term for this: responsible disease prevention.
  • What if in the rush to fill all of those orders, some chicken was undercooked and had some of that virus lurking around in it when someone sank teeth into it? So we end up with a chicken virus in a vast number of those out for "Chick-Fil-A appreciation day", we get to call that God's wrath? Does God hate haters?

    Irony? Hypothetical, but imagine if it happened.

  • I can't help but notice the summary and linked articles all neglect to inform us where the disease came from. The last time a major outbreak occurred in Mexico it was due to negligent and unsanitary conditions at a Smithfield farm, but tha information was quickly ignored and glossed over. Is it them again? This is The Jungle all over again. We should be looking a how these outbreaks happen in order to prevent them from happening again.

  • quick, someone call the... pollo-ice
  • I'd never guess Mexico would have that many chickens. o_0

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