DAR ES SALAAM, Oct. 22 (Xinhuanet) -- Tanzania has formed an emergency
committee to advise the government on how to respond to a potential outbreak of
the bird flu epidemic, according to local reports on Saturday.
The move was taken in the wake of a United Nation's Food and Agriculture
Organization warning that the avian flu could be transported to East Africa by
The committee was given 12 days to recommend preventive measures to the
country's health ministry.
Starting from Wednesday, Tanzania already started banning the imports of
The UN warning said that there is a serious risk that the scenario of a
potential spread of the bird flu through migratory birds to northern and eastern
Africa may become a reality.
The East Africa Rift Valley hosts many bird species that re-locate
seasonally to and from Europe for hot-wet weather conditions. Birds that migrate
to Europe return to the rift valleyduring summer in the southern hemisphere.
The United Nations issued the warning after the H5N1 strain of virus had
been detected in Romania and Turkey earlier this month.
The virus has ravaged poultry in East Asia and has spread to Russia,
Kazakhstan, Mongolia and now eastern Europe.
The bird flu epidemic is fatal to human beings as it
causes deaths if untreated. In 2003, it killed more than 60 people in Asia