The Saudis have “culled” more than 3.5 million Chickens to try and fend off the Bird-flu virus from their country..
I believe that is the largest amount of poultry destroyed due to a Bird-Flu outbreak at one time in the world.
The problem of the current outbreak of the killer virus for the Saudis, could be made more problematic due to the the Hajj.
The month of Dhul Hijjah begins on December 11, 2007, with the week of the Hajj beginning on December 18, 2007.
An estimated two million pilgrims participate in this annual pilgrimage of Hajj.
Even though Mecca, the destination of the pilgrims, is at some distance from Jeddah,
(the current location of the Bird-Flu outbreak), the added risk of millions of pilgrims,
from as far away as Indonesia gathered in the Kingdom is a potential problem.
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