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Mexico declares end to bird flu outbreak that caused egg, chicken prices to soar

10/24/2012 07:38 EDT | Updated 12/24/2012 05:12 EST
MEXICO CITY - Mexico says an outbreak of the H7N3 bird flu virus in western Mexico has been "totally controlled" after 68 days without any reports of new cases.

President Felipe Calderon said Wednesday that more than 22 million hens had been slaughtered throughout the country since efforts to contain the outbreak were announced in July.

The outbreak caused price increases in chicken and egg products in Mexico. Calderon said the outbreak caused significant damage because of the outbreak.

The United States was among the countries that began exporting eggs to Mexico to help lower egg prices.

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