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Herculean task to clean up Asia's family farms

B>NONG CHOK (Thailand):/BFor thousands, possibly millions, of farmers across East and Southeast Asia, raising a few chickens and ducks is not just a job. It is a way of life little changed for centuries, if not millennia.

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'Epidemic may have started in southern China'

B>PARIS:/BThe outbreak of bird flu that is sweeping Southeast Asia broke out a year ago and probably began in southern China, the British publication I>New Scientist/Isaid.

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No chicken in Thai markets as bird flu bites

B>BANGKOK:/BFresh chicken, a staple of Thailand's famous cuisine, has disappeared from food markets as a killer bird flu outbreak stops the billion-dollar poultry trade dead in its tracks.

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Thai and Indon governments rattled by cover-up charges

B>BANGKOK:/BCharges of a cover-up have rattled governments in Thailand and Indonesia where people say they were kept in the dark over Asia's deadly bird flu, drawing comparisons to China's slow response to SARS a year ago.

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Economic ruin if virus mutates

B>SINGAPORE:/BThe economic damage caused by the bird flu outbreak in Asia is so far largely confined to rural communities but that could change rapidly if the virus mutates into a form that can spread directly among humans, analysts said yesterday.

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Local chicken safe for consumption

THE Federation of Livestock Farmers' Association of Malaysia (FLFAM) has assured the people that locally-bred chicken are not affected by the bird flu and are safe to eat, according to I>Sin Chew Daily./I>

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Take safety measures, public told

Malaysia may not have seen any cases of bird flu so far but people are advised to take precautionary measures if the country is to remain free of the virus.

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Governments must come up with preventive measures

THE outbreak of bird flu in this region has, unfortunately, a very familiar ring to it. Comparisons with the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Nipah and, most recently, Fujian flu outbreaks are unavoidable.

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New defences against bird flu

B>SINGAPORE:/BParrots, eagles and other exotic pet imports have been banned from Japan. Sniffer dogs are fanning out across Australian airports while Singapore is throwing up huge protective nets over bird farms.

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Screening and controls raised as bird flu makes leap into China and Laos

B>BANGKOK/B>: The bird flu rampaging through Asia has made the dreaded leap into China and impoverished Laos as a second Thai boy died of the disease yesterday and countries tightened defences against a potential SARS-like epidemic.