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UAE is not source of bird flu-infected falcons: Saudi Agric Ministry

posted on 09/02/2006: 1352 views

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's Agriculture ministry has denied the allegation that the UAE is the source of the five falcons which lab test conducted on them in the Kingdom proved they have been infected with the bird flu virus. The ministry said it is yet to identify the source of the birds.

In a letter dispatched to the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, EAD, the Assistant Under Secretary for Animal Husbandry Affairs at the Saudi Arabian Agriculture Ministry, Mohammed Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Sheiha, said five cases of infection had been confirmed following a laboratory test conducted on falcons at the Riyadh Avian Centre, adding that, the ministry had swiftly made official announcement about the detection through the various media outlets and had informed the General secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, as well as the communication officers of all member states of the GCC, including those in the UAE.

He said the announcement did not mention the source of the infected falcons nor did his outfit make any announcement to that effect yet, adding that what had been published by some media outlets do not, whatsoever, represent the view of the ministry nor has any of the ministry's officials issued any statement of that kind.

He reiterated the ministry's commitment to all what would boost cooperation and coordination in the implementation of preventive measures to deal with the bird flu virus. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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