The results of the last monitoring of bird flu in Azerbaijan have been made public. The monitoring was launched at the end of December, 2006 and completed on January 12, 2007.
Trend reports, referring to the State Veterinary Service of the Azerbaijan Agriculture Ministry, that no carriers of the virus were detected in the samples of bird carcasses.
As a result of the monitoring, pathologic material was taken from 36 wild birds; blood was taken from 78 wild birds. In addition, pathological material was taken from 10 poultry, and 2,454 samples of blood were taken from poultry as well. No sign of bird flu was detected as a result of the laboratory examinations.
Today the next regular monitoring is expected to be launched. It will last until January 20, 2007.
In order to prevent the penetration of the bird flu virus into the country, all the frontier veterinary points are operating on medium security, the prohibition on hunting, selling and eating wild birds in the country still remains in force, as well as the import of poultry and chicken foods to the country from those countries where cases of the virus were detected. All poultry is recommended to be kept in closed premises to avoid any contacts with wild birds.