English.news.cn 2013-05-14 19:27:48
COLOMBO, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka has suspended
meat imports and doubled monitoring on wild birds to protect the island
against bird flu, a World Health Organization (WHO) warned of an
epidemic, an official said here on Tuesday.
Thousands of wild birds migrate to Sri Lanka on a yearly basis and
officials are worried that they could be carrying bird flu into the
country, said Animal Production and Health Department Director Dr. W.K.
"We have doubled the number of samples that we collect from wild
birds, particularly those that migrate to certain wetlands in Sri Lanka.
The department has also suspended meat imports from countries where
bird flu incidents have been reported. We will intensify the checks
until the WHO warning is lifted," he added.