March 23, 2006
Mexico ministry denies bird flu found at US border
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's agriculture ministry
denied rumors in U.S. commodities markets on Thursday that a
case of H5N1 bird flu had been found near the U.S. border.
"We are free of highly-pathogenic bird flu," Jose Angel del
Valle, the ministry's animal health director, told Reuters.
the deadly bird flu in neighboring Mexico, but livestock
markets -- which stand to benefit -- were treating it as a
hoax, traders said.
The rumors apparently began on a Brazilian web site which
reported that a duck found dead in the town of Nogales, near
Arizona, had died of bird flu.