Monitoring Exercises to Prevent Bird Flu Launched in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku/ Trend , corr S. Babayeva / Today, on April 2, 2007, the State Veterinary Service of the Azerbaijan Agriculture Ministry has launched its fifth monitoring in 2007 to prevent bird flu, a source in the Press Service of the State Agency has reported today.
The Monitoring will be conducted in territories that are prone to the temporary resettlement of migrant birds, such as the Pirallahi Island, Absheron Peninsula, national parks and reserves, along the Caspian Sea littoral zone by a Special Commision, consisting of specialists of the Veterinary Service, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Health Ministry, Hunters' Society, and Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences Sciences.
The monitoring is expected to last continue until 6 April. Starting from 9 April, different laboratory reserach and studies will be launched. The results of the monitoring will be make public on 14 April.
Notably, since April 2006, a total of 11 monitorings have been conducted on the territory of the country. None of these monitorings have detected the presence of bird flu in any Azerbaijani region.
Despite this, the boundary veterinary points in the country are still operating on medium security. The ban on hunting, selling, and eating of wild bird still remains in force.