October 16, 2005
Bird flu in Turkey sets region in motion
From the Daily Star:
Mideast states scramble to thwart bird flu
Governments act quickly to ban imports of poultry and stock up on vaccines
As scientists confirmed Friday that the latest outbreak of bird flu in Turkey belonged to the killer H5N1 strain of the virus, countries right across the Middle East went on the alert to curb the spread of the disease. Ankara banned the hunting of wild birds and clamped a 3-kilometer quarantine zone around the northwestern village of Kiziksa, where the virus was discovered. Almost 9,000 birds were slaughtered and veterinary officials in protective suits were culling the few remaining birds in the village Friday.
Sales of poultry meat throughout the country have dropped by 50 percent in the past few days according to wholesalers despite assurances by health officials that the virus dies when meat from a sick animal is cooked well.
In a bid to calm nerves, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan broke his Ramadan fast Thursday with a forkful of chicken salad which he also offered to a photographer on the scene.
Most Middle Eastern countries have banned chicken imports, but migratory birds are going to be a problem. And banning the hunting of wild birds - wow. That one will surely be respected universally and not at all ignored.
Fortunately, we have the vaunted public health systems of the Middle East to protect us in case the flu starts being transmitted human-to-human.
Posted by tomscud at October 16, 2005 01:35 PM
Filed Under: MENA Region General
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