Emer­gency plan set up to pre­vent en­try of bird flu

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: The Pub­lic Author­ity for Agri­cul­tural Af­fairs and Fish Re­sources (PAAAFR) an­nounced yes­ter­day an emer­gency plan to pre­vent the en­try of H9N2 bird flu to the coun­try. The author­ity has pre­pared an emer­gency and pre­cau­tion­ary plan based on the pre­ven­tive meth­ods ac­cred­ited by World Or­ga­ni­za­tion for An­i­mal Health (OIE), PAAAFR Di­rec­tor General, Faisal Al-Ha­sawi said.

PAAAFR has been co­or­di­nat­ing with all of­fi­cial bod­ies in the coun­try such as the Min­istry of Health, Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Kuwait, Fi­nance and In­te­rior Min­istries to form a joint com­mit­tee with the author­ity to de­velop and im­ple­ment the plan, he added.

H9N2 bird flu ap­peared in one of the neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, and it’s the most dan­ger­ous types of flu spread be­tween live­stock and poul­try, Ha­sawi said. This type of bird flu spreads very quickly which causes heavy eco­nomic losses, re­call­ing at the same time the large losses suf­fered by live­stock sec­tor in the coun­try in 2008. The joint ef­forts with the author­ity will pre­vent the in­fec­tion be­tween the live­stock and then to the hu­mans. —KUNA

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