Friday, February 17, 2006

Egypt tests chickens after mysterious deaths

CAIRO (AFP) - Officials in Egypt's southern governorate of Qena began testing chickens for avian flu after the mysterious deaths of some 130 of them in one village, an AFP correspondent reported

The death of the birds at a number of homes in Ezzab al-Masri prompted residents to alert officials, fearing the outbreak of a disease, the correspondent said.

Veterinary doctors later took samples from the dead poultry for testing.
Egypt says it has not detected any cases of bird flu in the country since officials tightened controls at ports of entry and set up observation posts along its borders and waters to collect samples on migratory birds.
The authorities have also called off the bird-hunting season in response to the global bird flu scare and banned imports of live birds and poultry products.
Qena is the governorate in which the popular tourist areas of Luxor and Thebes are located.

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