Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sri Lanka stops meat imports after WHO bird flu warning

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. de Silva.
"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.

Continued:  http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/health/2013-05/14/c_132382010.htm

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