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Friday, December 17, 2010

Egypt : Poultry industry hit by avian flu, again

Via Ahram Online, excerpt :

" The Egyptian poultry industry fears it will greatly suffer from government efforts to prevent the spread of the avian flu. Many worry new strict regulations and rules will force them out of the already-problematic market.

With the advent of the winter season, threats of avian flu have resurfaced.

Earlier this month, the Egyptian Ministry of Health announced the death of a 30-year-old woman from Gharbiya governorate as a result of infection by the H5N1 avian influenza.

The H5N1 strain of avian flu, known as bird flu, appeared in Egypt in February 2006, and the poultry industry has been in a critical situation ever since as the government pursues its efforts to eradicate the disease.

In a bid to prevent the spread of bird flu this winter, Cairo Governor Abdel-Azim Wazir announced last month the closure of all Cairo’s chicken slaughterhouses.

Abdel-Aziz El-Sayed, head of the Poultry Division at the Cairo Chamber of Commerce, said producers expressed surprise at the governor’s decision, which stated that dealing and selling live poultry was banned in Egypt."

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