Safety measures stepped up after Saudi bird flu outbreakStaff 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.
Disease The culling of nearly 16,000 ducks
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. ■