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   Undertoad  Monday Dec 22 01:13 PM

12/22/2003: Duck kill in S Korea

Those are dead ducks. Whoa.

South Korea is in the midst of a huge poultry flu, and it's spreading. It's resisted an initial effort to contain the spread. So far they've had to kill almost a million ducks and chickens to try to stop the virus.

Beletseri  Monday Dec 22 01:16 PM

I hope they are actually destroying those ducks and not turning them into people or livestock feed.

dar512  Monday Dec 22 03:40 PM

Originally posted by Beletseri
...and not turning them into people
Wow, how do they....

Never mind.

FileNotFound  Monday Dec 22 03:54 PM

Hell..I'd eat that duck!

Duck flu != people flu.

I love duck..

insoluble  Monday Dec 22 09:27 PM

Should have gotten their flu shots this year. Silly ducks.

xoxoxoBruce  Monday Dec 22 11:59 PM

Wouldn't cooking kill the flu?

Torrere  Tuesday Dec 23 01:31 AM

I read that as "Duck kills 5 in Korea"

I need to get some sleep!

wolf  Tuesday Dec 23 01:39 AM

Originally posted by FileNotFound
Hell..I'd eat that duck!

Duck flu != people flu.

I love duck..
Not necessarily.

There are diseases that are transmissible across species.

Not all the results are in, but there are suspicions that Creutzfeld-Jacob Disease in humans is caused by Mad Cow.

You go ahead and eat what you want, but I'd prefer not to risk it, thanx.

Beletseri  Tuesday Dec 23 06:19 AM

Most of the new strains of flu that come through every year originate in the farming practices where pigs and ducks are raised in proximity and on each other's waste products. Read more about it here.

and yes, the virus is likely killed by cooking but someone has to handle that food before it is cooked. Think SARS here where the initial viral infection was to cooks.

The biggest problem would be if the diseased ducks would be fed to pigs because the transmission route is from duck to pig to human. The virus mutates at each step so as to be able to infect the next host.

FileNotFound  Tuesday Dec 23 09:51 AM

Ulch - that meat was tainted! You feel deathly sick.
- Nethack

Undertoad  Tuesday Dec 23 09:56 AM


Leus  Friday Dec 26 03:29 PM

Originally posted by Torrere
I read that as "Duck kills 5 in Korea"

I need to get some sleep!
A duck doesn't cut it. A rabbit should have been a more plausible option.

Torrere  Friday Dec 26 07:45 PM

Well, that's no ordinary duck! That's the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered fowl you ever set eyes on!

ladysycamore  Monday Jan 5 07:20 PM


Yum...crispy duck...but maybe not THOSE ducks.

chrisinhouston  Tuesday Jan 27 11:06 AM

The caption for this one says: "An official sprays chemicals on poultry cages at a Bangkok market, as Thailand announced its second bird flu death." Perhaps this avian flu is this year's version of SARS.

I've read somewhere that one of the reasons so many of these flu outbreaks occur in Asia is that the birds are bred in overcrowded conditions and that human waste (aka Night Soil) is spread on the fields where the feed is raised to feed the birds.

What a twisted web we humans weave!

paranoid  Tuesday Jan 27 01:13 PM

Originally posted by xoxoxoBruce
Wouldn't cooking kill the flu?
Wouldn't cooking also kill the duck?

xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jan 27 08:44 PM

If it doesn't, I'm not gonna eat it.

FelinesAreFine  Tuesday Jan 27 10:06 PM

Only an Osbourne would eat a live bird.

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