Absence of Migrant Birds in Azerbaijan Decreases Threats of ‘Bird Flu’
Azerbaijan, Baku / corr. Trend S.Babayeva / The State Veterinary Service of the Azerbaijan Agriculture Ministry stated on 30 April that the sixth monitoring in 2007 on preventing 'bird flu' in Azerbaijan completed. The monitoring was held by a special commission. This commission consists of specialists of representatives of the Veterinary Service, Ecology, Natural Resources and Health Ministries, as well as representatives of the Hunter Community. The monitoring was held on the territories where there is a likelihood of temporary migrant birds nesting, namely the Absheron peninsula, the Island of Pirallahi, as well as on the territories of the National Parks and the Caspian coast. As a result of the monitoring, samples were taken from wild birds, which do not include migrant birds. Absence of the migrant birds in Azerbaijan decreases the threats of 'bird flu'. and poultry were carried out during the monitoring. The results of the monitoring will be announced on 5 May. Since April 2006, more than ten monitoring has been held in Azerbaijan, but the signs of 'bird flu' has not been discovered. To prevent the infiltration of the bird flu virus into the country, all frontier veterinary points are operating on medium security, the prohibition on hunting, sale and eating of wild birds in the Country still remains in force, as well as the import of poultry and poultry food into the country from those countries where cases of the virus have been detected.