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Egypt denies reported human bird flu case
www.chinaview.cn 2006-02-19 16:47:22

    CAIRO, Feb. 19 (Xinhuanet) -- Egypt's Higher National Committee,in charge of fighting bird flu, denied that there was one human case of bird flu despite new cases among birds in the country, the official MENA news agency said on Sunday.

    Citing a statement released by the committee, the report said new cases among birds were reported in five governorates including Qena, Daqahliya, Giza, Qalubiya and Beni Sueif.

    The Egyptian government, in cooperation with international organizations, will exert strenuous efforts to bring the situation under control, said the statement.

    The committee banned the movement of live birds across provincial borders for the next 15 days and banned the sale or slaughter of live birds in street markets.

    The committee advised citizens not to dispose of perished birds in the open and to report bird deaths immediately to the concerned authorities.

    Egypt reported its first case of bird flu on Friday among domestic fowl. The infected chicken were found at Shibin el-Kanatir in the Nile Delta, 60 km north of Cairo.

    Egypt has banned the import of live birds and has tightened quarantine controls to keep the country away from bird flu. It also cancelled the annual bird hunting season to minimize contacts between people and migrant birds. Enditem

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