Latest Study on Bird Flu Completed in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku/ Trend S.Babayeva/ The Press Secretary of the State Veterinary Service under the Azerbaijan Agriculture Ministry, Yolchu Khanvely, said on 25 May that the latest study for prevention of Avian Influenza in Azerbaijan revealed no signs of bird flu.
According to Khanvely, the study was conducted in the Apsheron Peninsula, the Devechi district, and in the territories of the national parks in Salyan, Agjebedy, and Lenkaran. During the study, blood samples of birds were collected. In addition, the samples taken from private poultry-farms will be sent to laboratories next week. The results of the study will be disclosed on 2 June. "According to the initial conclusions, there are no signs of bird flu," Khanvely stressed.
Since April 2006 and up to date, over ten scientific investigations have been conducted throughout the country. None of the results from these studies have revealed the presence of bird flu in any of the Azerbaijani regions.
Despite all the precautions, the frontier veterinary points out that the country is still working in an amber alert, and the ban on hunting, selling, and eating of wild birds still remains enforced.