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March 15, 2006

WHO reports mass bird deaths in Eritrea

Via the Sudan Tribune: WHO reports mass bird deaths in Eritrea.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday reported massive bird deaths in two regions in Eritrea, two weeks after it warned that the Horn of African nation was at risk of bird flu infection.

WHO representative here Andrew Kosia said that wild fowl had died in the coastal area of the Red Sea region and several chickens had died in the western region of Gash Barka.

"Birds have died in large numbers in the northern Red Sea region and in the Gash Barka region this month," said Kosia.

"We have some suspicious samples, which we hope to send for testing soon, maybe to Nairobi," he said, adding that UN experts would go to the affected regions this week.

Posted by dymaxion at March 15, 2006 08:43 PM

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