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Fowl virus! New bird flu scare in China forces duck farmers to kill off scores of hatchlings

Workers at a bird farm in China have been forced to kill off thousands of baby birds to stop the spread of a deadly new bird flu strain.

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By Philip Caulfield

(New York Daily News) Oh, the flu-manity!

Heartbreaking photos from China show workers at a duck farm shoveling tiny ducklings into a furnace to stop the spread of a deadly new strain of bird flu.

Wearing surgical masks, the workers dump the fuzzy yellow hatchlings into the outdoor ovens by the basketful.

Health officials say the grim culling is necessary.

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In four Chinese provinces, at least 20 people have died and 82 more have been sickened by the outbreak of the new virus, known as H7N9.

Of those cases, 70 were still in the hospital, while 12 have been discharged, the World Health Organization said.

Earlier this month, a 7-year-old girl was hospitalized in the capital of Beijing, marking the first detection of the strain outside eastern China.

The WHO said there has been no evidence of human-to-human transmission.

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Lin Yuanzhong, who runs the duck farm in eastern Fujian Province, told Chinese media he’s killed more than 40,000 ducklings in the past 10 days.

He said the flu scare was having a crippling effect on the region’s poultry industry.

“If this continues for another 20 days, all the feed manufacturers, breeding farms and poultry raisers will be bankrupt,” Lin said.

With News Wire Services

Published: 4/22/2013

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