No confirmed bird flu case detected in Iran: minister
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, Dec 24, IRNA
Health Minister Kamran Baqeri Lankarani on Monday announced that no confirmed case of bird flu has been detected in the country since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year beginning on March 21, 2007.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a local meeting, Lankarani said the outbreak of the disease among the birds in 70 world countries, including Iran's neighboring states, is on the rise.
"We have intensified health protection in all provinces, especially the country's western border regions," the minister said adding that any suspicious cases go under examination.
"Currently, special medical teams have been stationed in the country's border areas," he said, adding that public information programs to inform people of how to avoid infection and spread of the virus are being conducted.
Lankarani praised efforts by Agriculture Jihad Ministry and the Veterinary Organization to slaughter birds when suspicious cases are witnessed.
The minister assured the people that his ministry would act transparently in that regard.
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