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January 23, 2006

Afghanistan the next target?

The Peninsula, a news source in Qatar, reports Afghanistan at "huge risk" of bird flu.

War-shattered Afghanistan faces a huge risk from bird flu, including a strain that can kill people, and must take urgent action to protect itself, UN experts said yesterday.

The Central Asian country is on the path of migrating birds that may be carrying the disease and about 85 per cent of its people live in close contact with poultry, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said. Afghanistan's veterinary services were also in disarray, having been ignored in the rebuilding of the country after decades of war.


Posted by dymaxion at January 23, 2006 09:40 PM

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