Monitoring to prevent bird flu' in Azerbaijan will start on 8 January 2007. The State Veterinary Service of the Azerbaijan Agriculture Service informed Trend that the laboratory analyses are underway.
The monitoring will be held by a special commission, which includes the specialists of the Veterinary Service, as well as the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, the Ministry of Health, the Institute of Zoology and the Hunters Society.
The monitoring will be held in the areas where there is a higher possibility of the bird flue outbreaks. It includes the Pirallahi Island, Absheron Peninsula, as well as Davachi, Salyan and Lankaran Districts and the national parks along the Caspian Sea coastline.
The monitoring will last by 12 January. The results of the monitoring will be publicized after a week of its completion.
All veterinary border services are conducting inspections to prevent the penetration of the virus into the Country. The ban on hunting, the sale and use of wild birds, as well as the import of poultry from countries where there has previously been cases of the bird flu' virus, is in force.