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Safety measures stepped up after Saudi bird flu outbreak

Staff Writer | December 25, 2017
Strict procedures have been put in place following an outbreak of a highly contagious bird flu in Riyadh that led to the culling of nearly 16,000 ducks.
Saudi bird flu
Disease   The culling of nearly 16,000 ducks
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Friday that the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain infected and killed 14 birds in the Saudi capital, while the other birds in a flock of around 60,000 exposed to the virus were also culled.

According to Arab News, Al Azizia Birds Market in Riyadh was shut down as a result and a ban on "the sale, circulation and transport of birds" within a 10km radius was imposed by Saudi's Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture.

However, fears of the virus spreading to Bahrain were dismissed yesterday by Bahrain's biggest poultry supplier Delmon Poultry.

"The outbreak occurred in remote, private farms in Saudi Arabia and specifically with ducks; there is no relationship with Bahraini poultry or birds," said Delmon Poultry chief executive Yousif Al Saleh.

"We do not import those birds; we consider the duck's meat to be strong smelling and do not use it."

He confirmed that the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry has imposed strict measures to prevent the spread of the virus.


 

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