Thursday, July 13, 2006

Northeast on bird flu alert after poultry deaths

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, July 13 (TNA) - Thailand's Northeast is on alert for possible outbreaks of avian influenza after poultry were found dead from unknown causes in the region, regional officials said Thursday.

However, the authorities stressed, no bird flu case has been confirmed Regional Office of Animal Heath and Sanitation 3 director Suwudhi Chalejorn, who oversees the nine provinces in Thailand's northeast, said poultry found dead in five of seven provinces have already tested negative, but lab results are not yet available for nine dead birds from Surin and one from Yasothon.

The poultry deaths alerted local animal husbandry officials to boost prevention measures against possible outbreaks of bird flu in all provinces under supervision of the regional office, he said.Dr. Samroeng Yaengkratok, head of Nakhon Ratchasima provincial public health office said that during the first six months of 2006 no patients in the northeast were reported as infected with bird flu.

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