The Thais Know How to Do It

APICHART WEERAWONG / AP

EXPERIENCE COUNTS: Thai farmers now cooperate in destroying infected birds

The outbreak began in a single chicken in November 2004, and within hours a team from the Ministry of Agriculture had descended upon the tiny village of Chart Charoen in northeast Thailand. Dressed in spacesuit-style protective gear, team members hunted out every bird in the village, slaughtered them all and buried the carcasses in a huge pit. That scene has been repeated countless times throughout Southeast Asia, where bird flu has become entrenched, but in Chart Charoen there was a critical difference. Instead of protesting the destruction of their flocks or hiding their poultry, as owners often do in other bird-flu...

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