12,000 migratory birds examined for bird flu
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CAIRO: The results of examining 12,000 samples from migratory birds and markets for avian influenza infection were negative, head of the Central Administration of Preventive Medicine  Suhair Abdel Qader said Monday, according to Youm7.

The Central Administration of Preventive Medicine, affiliated with the General Organization for Veterinary Services, took precautionary measures through veterinary services campaigns nationwide by taking samples for laboratory analysis.

Dozens of people in Egypt have suffered from avian influenza, commonly known as “bird flu,” and more than 60 people have died since the disease first reached Egypt, according to the Central Administration of Preventive Medicine.

Chairman of the Peasants Authority in Beheira demanded that the Minister of Agriculture launch medical committees to investigate the negligence of veterinarian medicine, which led to the spread of avian influenza and other diseases, El-Wady News reported.

Abdel Qader said that the administration has many modern laboratories, including the National Laboratory for Livestock Control, which is specialized in investigating all kinds of viruses in Cairo and other governorates, adding that it was the first lab in Egypt that diagnosed the avian influenza virus H5N1 in 2006.

Since the start of the year, the Ministry of Agriculture has increased the number of recorded areas reportedly infected with bird flu to 30 points of infection, in Menoufia, Gharbia, Dakahlia, Giza, Fayoum, Beni Suef and Beheira.

Additional reporting by Ezz al-Nouby.

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