Latest Thai bird flu death, poultry industry suffers
The Ministry of Public Health in Thailand has confirmed the country's
24th human case, and 16th fatality, from bird
A 27-year-old man died from the disease this week. This is the country's
second case of H5N1 avian
influenza infection, and second fatality, within the past two weeks,
following the death of a 17-year-old boy late last month.
These cases follow an 8-month period in which no human cases were reported in
Deputy prime minister Suchai Chareonratanakul has urged the public not to be
put off by the disease and told them to continue consuming eggs and chicken - as
long as they are well cooked.
Many countries around the world have banned
raw poultry imports from Thailand since the first outbreak more than two years
But Thailand has managed to adapt its industry to work around the
bans, and is still the world's fourth-largest exporter of chicken with overseas
Thailand's biggest poultry exporter said declining domestic prices for
chicken are to blame for a sharp drop in profits, insisting ongoing fears over
bird flu had not affected its overall business.
Charoen Pokphand Foods
(CPF) reported its second quarter earnings fell 63 percent due to declining
domestic prices and a weak performance by its Turkish subsidiary.
during a tour of one of CPF's processing plants outside Bangkok, company
officials insisted that it had overhauled its operation to make its exports safe
from bird flu, even if the country suffers new outbreaks.
Chanchai Waimaleongora-ek, CPF's vice president for corporate research and
development, said that's because the company has turned its focus to exporting
cooked chicken, which poses no bird flu risk and is not banned.
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