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Bird flu in India no cause for worry in UAE

In the wake of a fresh bird flu outbreak in West Bengal, the UAE authorities have reassured residents that no poultry products are being imported from India.

world Updated: Jan 17, 2008 11:47 IST

In the wake of a fresh bird flu outbreak in West Bengal, the UAE authorities have reassured residents that no poultry products are being imported from India.

"The ban on poultry products from India, including live birds, chicken meat and eggs, had been in place for a long time now," Dr Maan Ahmed Al Hakim, unit leader of biosecurity at Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) said.

Since the ban is already in place, there is no need for the Ministry of Environment to issue a new ban, he said, adding "there is also a ban on the import of poultry products or live birds from Pakistan and Bangladesh."

Earlier this week, the Avian Flu Committee, formed by representatives of EAD, Ministry of Environment and the Interior Ministry, met to discuss the latest measures for preventing the deadly virus from entering the UAE.

Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary-General of EAD and Director of the Committee's secretariat said, all 19 entry points in the Emirates are well equipped to deal with avian flu cases.