TIRANA, March. 23 (Xinhua) -- Albania and its southern neighborGreece will
join hands in tackling the spread of bird flu, said a report carried by local
media on Thursday.
The two countries have set up a special mission formed by veterinary experts from both
sides. The main task of the experts will be coordinating efforts to fend off
possible outbreaks at theborder area.
The Greek side, with medical advantages, will take charge of testing birds
or people suspected of having the virus, whereas theAlbanian experts will boost
controls at border checkpoints.
Cooperation between the two countries is "a must" at a time when bird flu
has become a common threat, said an expert with the mission.
H5N1 bird flu has been discovered in Greece, in area near its northern
border with Albania, while Albania reported its first bird flu case on March 8
in a village 50 km from its border with Greece.
Albania on Wednesday confirmed a new H5N1 bird flu case near Tirana. There
were also reports of dead poultry and wild birds in other areas in its