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Germany deploys army in bird flu-ridden island
www.chinaview.cn 2006-02-19 03:37:41

    BERLIN, Feb. 19 (Xinhuanet) -- The German army deployed Sunday a special unit on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen, where over 40 cases of the deadly virus of H5N1 have been found, to intensify the fight against bird flu.

    Defense officials said that they had dispatched a 19-member unit specializing in handling decontamination to help defuse the spread of the virus.

    The ABC unit has already set up their equipment and planned to start disinfecting both vehicles and people on the island, which was declared a "protected zone," according to German news agency DPA.

    The sale and transport of poultry is banned for 21 days on the island, which has emerged as a major tourist destination in recent years.

    Federal officials in Berlin said a mass culling of poultry on Ruegen has been underway to halt the virus from infecting domestic birds. The island is part of the east German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

    The moves came after calls from state Minister for Agriculture Till Backhaus and federal Agriculture Minister Horst Seehofer for every effort to be made to prevent the virus from spreading to other parts of Germany.

    Backhaus said, "We are facing an extremely serious situation."

    The two ministers criticized local officials for their slow response to evidence that birds on the island had been infected bythe deadly virus and failure to take actions to stop its spreading.

    Firemen have also been deployed to collect the carcasses and every dead bird has been required to be picked up and sent to labsfor testing.

    The public is warned not to touch any dead animals as the H5N1 virus could kill human beings.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to the island on Sunday not as the leader of the nation but as the parliamentary representative of the region which forms part of her electorate. Enditem

    

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