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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES - BIRD FLU THREAT

Abu Dhabi Police holds seminar on bird flu

Posted on 28/12/2005

The Abu Dhabi Police held a seminar last night on bird flu, in conjunction with the regional office of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The seminar was attended by Major General Saif Abdullah Al Shafaar, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Interior in addition to a number of high-ranking officers and medical personnel. Addressing the seminar, Dr. Abdul Wahab Abdul Razaq Al Jabouri, Head of Animal Resources Section at the Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Agriculture affirmed ...  >>MORE

Avain flu preventive measures lauded

Posted on 28/12/2005

Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, yesterday issued a decree pertaining to procedures for preventing the entry of avian flu to the UAE. The decree stipulated that marine, land and decorative birds from other parts of the world would not be imported to the country in the mean time, until further notice. The decree exempted hunting birds imported from countries free from avian flu. The decision, however, was based on what had been decided on during the consultative ...  >>MORE

UAE less prone to flu outbreak: FAO expert

Posted on 18/12/2005

The chances of the UAE to face an outbreak of bird flu in poultry are very minimal, according to an Avian Influenza Advisor of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. Accomplished animal health expert Frits Pluimers said this at a symposium on avian flu organised by the Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park (DuBiotech) on Saturday. Making a presentation on "Practical Aspects Regarding Bird Flu," Pluimers said that various factors contribute to a lesser chance for a ...  >>MORE

Environment Agency takes bird flu drive to masses

Posted on 14/12/2005

A green body, Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, has launched a campaign to educate the general public on the global threat of avian influenza and encourage them to take necessary precautions. The agency is disseminating basic information about bird flu along with some precautions to check the spread of the disease. Thousands of brochures and leaflets have been published and are being distributed. A spokesperson of the agency told Gulf News that the brochures were available in Arabic, English, ...  >>MORE

Million capsules of Tamiflu will be ready by March

Posted on 13/12/2005

The country will have one million capsules of Tamiflu by March next year, an official of the National Committee for Emergency Response on Bird Flu said yesterday. Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary-General of the Environmental Agency-Abu Dhabi (E-AD) and official spokesman of the committee, said currently a supply of 10,000 Tamiflu capsules is available in the country and more is on the way. By March next year the supply will reach one million capsules and by June 2008 it will reach three ...  >>MORE

UAE bans import of birds from Ukraine

Posted on 10/12/2005

Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, on Wednesday issued a ministerial resolution on banning import of all types of domestic and wild birds from the Republic of Ukraine. The resolution states that a temporary ban shall be placed on all species of live poultry and their products from Ukraine until further notice in the wake of an outbreak of avian flu there. It orders the ministry's Animal Wealth Department to coordinate with relevant authorities for its ...  >>MORE

Julphar gets Roche nod to produce Tamiflu

Posted on 04/12/2005

Swiss pharmaceutical major Roche has authorised the Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries to produce its generic version of the anti-influenza drug Tamiflu. Julphar is one of the nine companies selected by Roche worldwide to produce the drug, the Ras Al Khaimah-based company announced yesterday. The drug will be marketed under the name Flufly. Julphar is ready to produce Flufly, said Abdul Razzaq Al Yousuf, Managing Director of the company. "Julphar can export the medicine to all the countries ...  >>MORE

Birds caged to prevent avian flu infection

Posted on 22/11/2005

Birds on Sir Bani Yas, Abu Al Abbyadh and other islands are being caged to prevent them mingling with migratory birds who might be infected with avian flu, an official said yesterday. Majid Al Mansouri, the official spokesman of the National Committee for Emergency Response to Bird Flu and Secretary-General of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, said all non-migratory birds on these islands were being isolated from migratory birds for their own protection. He said similar measures were being ...  >>MORE

Al Wathba safe from Bird Flu

Posted on 15/11/2005

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) issued a statement saying that no domesticated birds have ever been recorded on Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, eliminating the risk of any migratory bird, infected with Bird flu, from mixing with these species. The statement added that no sick or dead wild birds have been recorded on the Reserve, according to a statement issued yesterday. The Agency, which manages the Reserve, came to this conclusion following 3 years of monitoring and scientific data ...  >>MORE

Ministry bans treatment of illegally imported falcons

Posted on 15/11/2005

Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries issued a decision here yesterday banning the treatment illegally imported falcons at vertinary clinics in the country. "With effect from day, falcons whose owners will not provide documents proving legal entry of their falcons into the country will not be treated at Veterinary clinics", said the decision. Clinics or vets who will not abide by the decision will face legal action, the decision added. The move is a precautionary ...  >>MORE

Flamingos are free of bird flu, says watchdog

Posted on 13/11/2005

Flamingos and other species of wild birds in the country are free from bird flu, an expert at the Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi told Gulf News yesterday. He was responding to reports of a flamingo in Kuwait suspected of having the disease, along with a falcon the first cases reported in the Gulf. It was later reported the falcon did have a mild strain of the H5N2 virus, but the flamingo had been free of the strain. According to Dr Salim Javed, Avian Ecology Scientist at the Environment ...  >>MORE

No sign of flu virus detected in wild birds in UAE

Posted on 12/11/2005

With the autumn and winter bird migration now well under way, there is an increased risk of the avian 'flu virus reaching the Arabian Gulf, as shown by the detection of an infected bird in Kuwait. Observations by birdwatchers linked to the Emirates Bird Records Committee, EBRC, however, have detected no signs of illness among the migrant birds arriving in the United Arab Emirates, the Committee said yesterday. It warned, however, that UAE residents should keep any domestic birds, like ducks ...  >>MORE

Not a single case of bird flu detected in UAE: Al Midfa

Posted on 11/11/2005

A senior cabinet minister has confirmed that not a single case of the bird flu has been detected in the UAE so far. "Our country is fully prepared to ward off any possible outbreak of the Avian influenza and so far not a single case of the infection has been discovered," Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Midfa, Minister of Health, told reporters on the sidelines of a forum on the bird flu held on Wednesday at the Abu Dhabi Intercontinental Hotel. He stated that all antiviral drugs and necessary ...  >>MORE

Special e-page on avian flu created

Posted on 11/11/2005

As part of the nationwide drive against the bird flu pandemic, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has created an electronic page containing up-to-date information about the disease. The page can be browsed via the portal of the UAE Agriculture Information Centre. Browsers will be briefed on the epidemic of the virus and methods to be followed to ensure early detection of infected cases in addition to other related information. The page also shows reports and articles published in the ...  >>MORE

Health Ministry approves local production of anti-flu medication

Posted on 11/11/2005

The Ministry of Health has approved the request of the Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries (Julphar) to produce its own Flufly (Julphar's version of the anti-viral Tamiflu) to cope with the increasing regional demand for this drug. The ministry sent an official recommendation letter to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to grant Julphar the necessary permission to start production of this drug. Abdul Razzaq Al Yousuf, the Managing Director of Julphar, said his company will produce the ...  >>MORE

Houbara unlikely to fall prey to virus, says expert

Posted on 08/11/2005

The houbara bustard is unlikely to contract bird flu as its solitary behaviour is a major shield against the disease, a National Avian Research Centre official said. Dr Olivier Combreau, the centre's director, said the houbara was a low-risk bird. It does not mix with other birds and prefers to stay on its own or in small groups, he said. He added the houbara was also known as the "shy bird of the desert." The houbara is a popular type of prey in traditional Arab falconry. The National ...  >>MORE

UAE defines inlets for live birds

Posted on 01/11/2005

In a bid to prevent the outbreak of the bird flu in its territories, the UAE has identified certain checkpoints as inlets for all kinds of live birds into the country. A decree to this effect was issued on Monday by Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. The decree has specified international airports of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah as the air inlets while Al Ghuweifat border point has been selected as the land inlet. According to the decree, entry into the UAE of ...  >>MORE

Precautionary measures to ward off bird flu adopted

Posted on 31/10/2005

The Abu Dhabi Municipalities and Agriculture Department has adopted a series of precautionary measures to prevent outbreak of the bird flu pandemic in the country. The set of measures include getting rid of pet birds, sterilising farms and manors and monitoring the emirate's coastline. Khalfan Ghaith Al Muhairbi, head of the Department of Municipalities and Agriculture, said the measures were set to stave off the bird flu pandemic, with minimising prospects of human exposure to the virus ...  >>MORE

Bird flu plan 'to be ready by Eid'

Posted on 30/10/2005

A full national contingency plan against bird flu will be ready for action before Eid Al Fitr, the National Committee for Emergency Response to Bird Flu, announced yesterday. The committee spokesman said although no cases of bird flu had been traced so far, the country was fully prepared if such cases were discovered. "There are no cases in poultry, domestic and wild birds in the country as of now. So far 1,000 birds, including wild and pet shop birds, have been tested at Al Khazna Falcon ...  >>MORE

Julphar likely to produce Tamiflu at RAK plant

Posted on 30/10/2005

Production of Tamiflu, an antidote to avian influenza, will begin in the UAE shortly if Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries (Julphar) has its way. The company hopes to produce the drug 30 per cent cheaper than international prices. The company announced yesterday it is in the final stages of obtaining the necessary local and international approval to produce the medicine at its Ras Al Khaimah plant. Talks are also on with Roche, the company which produces the medicine. A decision is expected ...  >>MORE

No bird flu detected in wild birds

Posted on 28/10/2005

No signs of sickness or deaths have been detected amongst the UAE's wild bird population over the last five weeks, Peter Hellyer, a spokesman for the Emirates Bird Records Committee, EBRC, said yesterday. He was speaking at a press conference organised by the Environment Agency's Abu Dhabi, EAD, to brief the media about the precautions being taken by authorities throughout the country to guard against the Asian bird flu epidemic. "Several weeks ago, EAD, approached the UAE's active ...  >>MORE

UAE adopts anti-bird flu measures

Posted on 26/10/2005

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has adopted a set of measures and guidelines for farms to observe in an endeavour to prevent the outbreak of the bird flu disease. Farm owners and workers are urged to maintain hygienic conditions and spray vehicles entering farms with disinfectants as well as strictly bar unauthorized cars and workers of other pens access to the farm. Farm workers should wear special outfit while inside the pen and should keep them in a special room at the end of ...  >>MORE

Poultry Producers' Union take preventive measures against bird flu

Posted on 26/10/2005

The Union for Poultry Producers has taken precautionary measures for the protection of poultry consumers and that by affecting strict supervisory steps over chicken farms and by daily check-up on the birds. Sheikh Hamed bin Khadim bin Butti Al Hamed, Chairman of the Union said " The Union has formed various committees to daily inspect all poultry farms in the country and to daily take samples from the birds in order to confirm the safety of the products", adding that coordination with many ...  >>MORE

Minister of Health forms panels on bird flu

Posted on 24/10/2005

Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Midfa, Minister of Health issued a ministerial decision yesterday, forming medical committees in medical zones to monitor the development of the deadly H5N1 bird flu. The committees which will be headed by medical directors of the medical zones will be tasked with overseeing the implementation of the precautionary measures to prevent the disease in conjunction with concerned authorities. The committee will ensure that adequate medical facilities are provided in such ...  >>MORE

UAE is free from avian flu: Fikri

Posted on 24/10/2005

The UAE is free from the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu as no single case has been detected in the country so far, a senior Health Ministry official said on Sunday. "The UAE is absolutely free from any cases of bird flu. There is no danger at this point as we have not detected any case,” said Dr. Mahmoud Fikri, Assistant Undersecretary at the Ministry of Health. Fikri was who was addressing a press briefing on the avian flu praised the precautionary measures adopted by the UAE, saying that ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi adopts precautionary measures to ward off bird flu

Posted on 24/10/2005

Authorities in Abu Dhabi have adopted a series of precautionary measures to prevent outbreak of the bird flu pandemic in the country. The set of measures include getting rid of pet birds, sterilising farms and manors and monitoring the emirate's coastline. Khalfan Ghaith Al Muhairbi, head of the Department of Municipalities and Agriculture, said the measures were set to stave off the bird flu pandemic, with minimizing prospects of human exposure to the virus being the top priority and first ...  >>MORE

Live birds import from Greece banned

Posted on 19/10/2005

Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries yesterday issued a ministerial decision banning the import of live birds and its products from Greece as a precautionary measure against transmission of bird flu. The ban has been issued in accordance with reports transmitted by international mass media, which disclosed spread of avian bird flu virus in Greece. The decision directed Animal Resources Department at the Ministry to coordinate with the country's concerned authorities ...  >>MORE

Agriculture ministry bans importation of poultry from a number of countries

Posted on 18/10/2005

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has issued a decree banning temporarily, until further notice, the importation of all types of poultry and poultry products, including ornamental birds and pets from all Asian countries, as well as from Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and countries suspected to have been affected by the bird flu virus. The decree which was issued by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Saeed bin Mohammed Al Raqbani, said all poultry and poultry products ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Agriculture confirms non existence of avian flu in UAE

Posted on 18/10/2005

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has confirmed yesterday that it was following-up procedures related to the avian flu in the entire world according to instructions by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the National Emergency Committee. The Ministry in monitoring the disease in the country, is coordinating with the municipalities to survey shops which sold the various types of birds in order to make sure ...  >>MORE

Authorities tell residents to remain calm

Posted on 17/10/2005

People need not panic about bird flu in the UAE as the country is still free of the virus and the authorities have taken precautions, vets have said. Avian flu poses a danger to people but strict vigilance and precautions could help nations minimise its effect on humans, said Dr Naimuddin Syed, a veterinarian with the National Veterinary Hospital in Abu Dhabi. He said scientists were afraid the bird flu virus, identified as H5N1, could lead to a human pandemic and have been fully engaged in ...  >>MORE

Birders help in bird 'flu campaign

Posted on 15/10/2005

Birdwatchers from around the United Arab Emirates are helping Abu Dhabi's Environment Agency, EAD, in its programme of monitoring the country's wild bird population for possible cases of avian influenza (bird 'flu), the Emirates Bird Records Committee announced yesterday. The move follows an approach to Committee members by EAD, which is responsible for implementing the measures being taken to protect the country against the bird 'flu virus. Although the virus is believed to be spreading ...  >>MORE

UAE gets set to meet bird flu threat

Posted on 14/10/2005

A national emergency committee has approved a contingency plan to prevent bird flu from spreading to the UAE and being able to deal with it if it does. The panel, in its first meeting in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, gave each emirate a week to finalise their plans and determine their requirements, including antivirals. Chaired by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Federal Environmental Agency, the committee has tasked ...  >>MORE

Live birds import from Turkey and Romania banned

Posted on 12/10/2005

Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries yesterday issued a ministerial decision banning the import of live birds and its products from Turkey and Romania as a precautionary measure against transmission of bird flu. The ban has been issued in accordance with reports transmitted by international mass media, which disclosed spread of avian bird flu virus in Turkey and Romania. The decision directed Animal Resources Department at the Ministry to coordinate with the ...  >>MORE

Checks being done on 5 million chickens for bird flu, says official

Posted on 10/10/2005

Up to five million chickens are being inspected by the environment agency for bird flu, according to a report in Gulf News. Majid Al Mansouri, secretary general of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) said samples have been taken from poultry farms and shops in the capital. He said that five million chickens from shops and farms are being inspected for bird flu. He added that previous samples taken of falcons revealed that they are free of the disease. The Abu Dhabi executive council ...  >>MORE

Measures to prevent Avian influenza discussed

Posted on 02/10/2005

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries held on Saturday a seminar on preventative measures against Avian Influenza. The seminar which was held at the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority was organized in conjunction with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Addressing the seminar, Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries said that the global Avian flu was becoming a serious threat to human health. In view of this threat, he added, the UAE under the leadership of ...  >>MORE

Avian Influenza Action Plan prepared

Posted on 28/09/2005

The Avian Influenza Action Plan to counter the threat of a global avian influenza outbreak has been prepared by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, EAD, in cooperation with other concerned agencies. The Agency said in a statement yesterday that due to the "imminent threat of a global Avian Influenza outbreak, prevention measures should be put in place in the Abu Dhabi Emirate and on a federal level. This includes an immediate action plan covering surveillance measures as well as emergency ...  >>MORE

Cabinet okays set up of emergency panel to trace bird flu

Posted on 27/09/2005

The Council of Ministers has approved a memo revising some articles of Cabinet's resolution No 17 for 2001 to make the social aid consistent with the President's gesture that led to its increase by 75% effective from October 1, 2005. In its weekly meeting yesterday under the chairmanship of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, the cabinet also okayed a memo on the formation of a national emergency panel to trace and combat the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi arms against bird flu

Posted on 24/09/2005

Environment and health authorities in Abu Dhabi have placed a large order of four million pills for victims of bird flu, Gulf News learnt yesterday. Ali Al Marzouqi, head of preventive medicine at the General Authority for Health Services (GAHS), said that an order of four million pills for bird flu has been placed to cover 400,000 citizens. The order, which amounts to Dh4 million, is expected to arrive in the following weeks. "We have made sure that over 25 per cent of the citizens of Abu ...  >>MORE

Hamdan calls for concerted efforts to deal with Bird Flu dangers

Posted on 17/09/2005

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has called for concerted efforts to deal with the dangers of bird flu. Sheikh Hamdan, who is also the Board Chairman of the Emirates Falconers' Club (EFC), said in the editorial of the new edition of the EFC magazine "Al Saggar", that smuggling of birds poses a big challenge for the concerned quarters. The practice, he added, is regarded as one of the reasons behind the spread of the bird flu ...  >>MORE

Action Plan, other measures to prevent bird flu in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 11/09/2005

The Environment Authority in Abu Dhabi is taking a series of precautionary measures including giving the final touches to a full fledged Abu Dhabi Action Plan for Avian Influenza in a bid to monitor and prevent the entry of bird flu into the emirate. Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary-General of the Environment Authority told a press conference in Abu Dhabi yesterday that quick and stringent measures are being taken to curb the entry of bird flu. In reply to a query from WAM, he said that while no ...  >>MORE

Environment Authority discusses action plan to prevent avian flu outbreak

Posted on 28/08/2005

A meeting was held in Abu Dhabi yesterday at the headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Environment Authority to discuss the plan set to prevent the outbreak of avian influenza in the UAE. The meeting, headed by Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary general of the EA, was attended by Mohammed Saqr Al Assam, proxy Under Secretary of Agricultural Affaires at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, and representatives from the General Secretariat of the Federation of Municipalities, the Department of ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi Police holds seminar on bird flu


Avain flu preventive measures lauded


UAE less prone to flu outbreak: FAO expert


Environment Agency takes bird flu drive to masses


Million capsules of Tamiflu will be ready by March


UAE bans import of birds from Ukraine


Julphar gets Roche nod to produce Tamiflu


Birds caged to prevent avian flu infection


Al Wathba safe from Bird Flu


Ministry bans treatment of illegally imported falcons


Flamingos are free of bird flu, says watchdog


No sign of flu virus detected in wild birds in UAE


Not a single case of bird flu detected in UAE: Al Midfa


Special e-page on avian flu created


Health Ministry approves local production of anti-flu medication


Houbara unlikely to fall prey to virus, says expert


UAE defines inlets for live birds


Precautionary measures to ward off bird flu adopted


Bird flu plan 'to be ready by Eid'


Julphar likely to produce Tamiflu at RAK plant


No bird flu detected in wild birds


UAE adopts anti-bird flu measures


Poultry Producers' Union take preventive measures against bird flu


Minister of Health forms panels on bird flu


UAE is free from avian flu: Fikri


Abu Dhabi adopts precautionary measures to ward off bird flu


Live birds import from Greece banned


Agriculture ministry bans importation of poultry from a number of countries


Ministry of Agriculture confirms non existence of avian flu in UAE


Authorities tell residents to remain calm


Birders help in bird 'flu campaign


UAE gets set to meet bird flu threat


Live birds import from Turkey and Romania banned


Checks being done on 5 million chickens for bird flu, says official


Measures to prevent Avian influenza discussed


Avian Influenza Action Plan prepared


Cabinet okays set up of emergency panel to trace bird flu


Abu Dhabi arms against bird flu


Hamdan calls for concerted efforts to deal with Bird Flu dangers


Action Plan, other measures to prevent bird flu in Abu Dhabi


Environment Authority discusses action plan to prevent avian flu outbreak