Bird Flu Testing in Azerbaijan Begins
Azerbaijan, Baku / corr. Trend S.Babayeva / On 27 June the State Veterinary Service of the Azerbaijan Agriculture Ministry began its 8th testing in the prevention of Avian Influenza in Azerbaijan.
The Press Secretary of the State Veterinary Service, Yolchu Khanveli, said that the testing will be done by a special commission which consists of specialist representatives of the Veterinary Service, Ecology, Natural Resources and Health Ministries, as well as representatives of the hunting community. Today monitoring will take place in the Absheron peninsula and the district of Davachi, and on 28-29 June in the cities of Salyan, Agjebedi and Lenkaran. The monitoring will be completed by 30 June. After this, samples of blood and pathologic materials from wild and domestic birds will be examined within a week. The results of the monitoring will be announced on 7 July. The date of the next monitoring will be confirmed later.
Since 2006, more than ten studies and tests have been conducted in Azerbaijan, and there has been no sign of 'bird flu'. To prevent the infiltration of the bird flu virus to the country, all frontier veterinarian points are operating at medium-security and the prohibition on hunting, selling and eating of wild birds in the country still remains in force.