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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES - BIRD FLU THREAT

Abu Dhabi crisis management team responds to cases of bird flu

Posted on 05/10/2016

The emergency and crisis management team in the emirate of Abu Dhabi announced that it had spotted a group of quays infected with the bird flu in a limited area in the Western Region and had taken the necessary measures consistent with the international standards and regulations in handing such cases. The team said that in co-ordination with other stakeholders precautionary measures had also been taken to ensure continuous monitoring of these cases. The team called on birds and farms owners ...  >>MORE

Minister issues ordinance lifting ban on importing birds from Turkey

Posted on 10/04/2009

Minister of Environment and Water HE Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahd issued an ordinance today lifting ban on the import of birds and their products from Turkey. The ordinance said that all kinds of birds and poultry and their products can be imported from Turkey abiding by the veterinary laws in the country. The ordinance was issued after the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) testified that no new cases of bird flu were reported from Turkey. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

No bird flu in UAE: Environment Minister affirms

Posted on 17/02/2008

The UAE is completely free of bird flu and a full-proof monitoring system is in place at border checkpoints to prevent any infiltration of the disease into the country, affirmed minister of environment and water. 'The UAE is free of avian influenza laboratories across the country have not detected any case of bird flu. All samples tested and analysed by quarantine inspectors have also shown no traces of the disease, said Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi. 'Although all bird shipments entered the ...  >>MORE

UAE to strengthen guard against bird flu

Posted on 22/01/2008

The Ministry of Health is in the process of signing an agreement to strengthen surveillance and diagnostic capabilities against bird flu (Avian Influenza Virus).Ministry is to ink a deal with the World Health Organisation and the Naval American Medical Research Unit. WHO has warned that recent outbreaks of bird flu could trigger a future human flu pandemic and that the UAE should take precautions against travellers coming from affected areas. "There are no reported cases yet but in case of a ...  >>MORE

UAE bans bird imports from Germany's state of Brandenburg

Posted on 26/12/2007

The United Arab Emirates banned on Tuesday imports of all kinds of birds from German State of Brandenburg after cases of bird flu were detected there. Issued by Minister of Environment and Water Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, the ban covered "all living domestic and wild birds and their products'. The minister instructed the animal wealth department in his ministry to coordinate efforts with other relevant authorities to put the ban in place. The resolution said the ban was slapped as a ...  >>MORE

Stringent monitoring of entry points to avert bird flu

Posted on 21/11/2007

Ministry of Interior asked today the competent authorities to effectively mobilise the mechanism to avert the chances of bird flu leaking into the country. At a meeting held at the Ministry headquarters today, the Director of Criminal security Maj. Gen. Khamis Saif Bin Suwaif, who chaired the meeting, asked the officials to make sure that every entry point into the country effectively blocked the import of any birds, live or frozen, affected with the virus. The committee who prepared a report ...  >>MORE

EAD specialists begin taking precautions against avian flu

Posted on 29/08/2007

Specialists at the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) - have begun to take precautionary measures against the avian influenza, also known as bird flu. According to Dr Maan Ahmed Al Hakim, unit leader of biosecurity at EAD, from the middle of September, migratory birds are expected to pass through the UAE, some of them possibly carrying the virus. "From next month, migratory birds would be leaving the cold northern regions to travel towards the south, and the Gulf area is half way down their ...  >>MORE

UAE bans Czech and Togo poultry imports

Posted on 22/07/2007

The UAE has banned the import of all live birds and their by-products from the republics of Czech and Togo after cases of bird flu were reported there. A resolution to this effect was issued by Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, Minister of Environment and Water, after the ministry had received reports from the World Organisation for Animal Health about infected cases of bird flu in the two countries. The ban covers live pets and wild birds, their products, derivatives and waste. "The ...  >>MORE

If it arrives, bird flu may infect 35% of population

Posted on 11/04/2007

UAE bird flu experts expect more than 5,000 deaths out of 1.5 million cases should the disease become easily transmitted between humans, due to the country's urban society and its high-density population. The World Bank and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have estimated that the zoonotic disease would infect up to 35 per cent of the country's population if it mutated enough to cause the next flu pandemic. The virulent H5N1 virus is currently spread through direct contact with infected ...  >>MORE

Saif issues decree to set up bird flu task force

Posted on 19/03/2007

Interior Minister, Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued two administrative decrees setting up a permanent task force for emergency health cases related to bird flu pandemic. According to decree no. 1 of 2007, the task force, which would consist of experts in this field and drawn from all official health institutions of the state, will, among other things, work to prevent entry into the UAE of poultry products and live birds in the custody of travellers entering into the ...  >>MORE

Authorities prepared to implement poultry ban

Posted on 10/03/2007

Authorities have not received official instructions banning live poultry but are prepared to take necessary steps to implement this decision once it is received. "The RAK Anti Bird Flu sub-committee has not received any official orders from the federal authorities to implement the new live poultry ban," said Mubarak Ali Al Shamsi, who heads the committee. "We want to see the order to implement it instantly," he said. "A number of municipal inspectors will be dedicated to this purpose," ...  >>MORE

Country remains vigilant against bird flu

Posted on 09/03/2007

The emirate is prepared to deal with any bird flu outbreak, authorities said yesterday, adding that cooperation between the emirates is increasingly important in dealing with the issue. Majid Al Mansouri, spokesman of the National Committee for Emergency Response to Bird Flu and Secretary-General of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD), and Dr Mohammad Saeed Al Kindi, Minister of Environment and Water, spoke to the press after a secretariat meeting, attended by representatives from the ...  >>MORE

MoH has stocks of 1m bird flu tablets

Posted on 05/03/2007

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has stockpiled more than a million tablets of ‘Tamiflu', the most prescribed medicine that attacks influenza virus that easily spreads among humans, a top health official has revealed. "The MoH in collaboration with other health authorities in the country have managed to store more than one million pills of the drug to avert looming hazards bird flu virus poses,” Dr Ali Shukur, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Health, told Khaleej Times yesterday. He said ...  >>MORE

Bird flu scare tests levels of readiness

Posted on 03/03/2007

UAE's bird flu emergency response plan went into high gear on Thursday as an Indonesian housemaid got sick after handling dead birds in her employer's yard. The 31 year-old maid was rushed to the Rashid Hospital Trauma Centre and kept under observation in isolation. The test results showed she had the common pneumonia. The head of the infectious disease unit described it as "bad timing". Dr Abdullah Ustadi, the chief, said: "It was a coincidence," that the maid had bird flu symptoms ...  >>MORE

Quarantine centre at UAE-Oman border to prevent entry of virus

Posted on 28/02/2007

A new quarantine centre will be set up at the UAE-Oman border post near Al Ain to prevent the H5N1 bird flu virus from entering the country. According to Majid Al Mansouri, spokesman of the National Committee for Emergency Response to Bird Flu, and Secretary-General of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD), the Executive Council has approved a budget for the centre that will be built by the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority at the Al Khatim Al Shakkla border post near Al Ain. "The ...  >>MORE

UAE geared to block bird flu

Posted on 27/02/2007

Steps to prevent the deadly bird flu from entering the UAE are in place, with officials advising calm following reports of an outbreak in neighbouring Kuwait. Kuwait on Sunday confirmed 20 cases of H5N1, the virulent strain of bird flu, in falcons, chickens and turkeys, based on tests conducted by local and laboratory results. Dr Mohammad Saeed Al Kindi, UAE Minister of Environment and Water, told Gulf News that the UAE was fully prepared to prevent the deadly virus from crossing over. ...  >>MORE

Domestic poultry faces greatest risk from virus

Posted on 27/02/2007

Prevention of infection of domestic poultry is most important in averting a bird flu outbreak in the UAE, warns a regional bird expert. Peter Hellyer, ornithologist and member of the Emirates Bird Records Committee, told Gulf News that authorities and the public should exercise utmost vigilance in ensuring imported birds were healthy. "It is believed that the source of potential infection arises from domestic poultry, by bringing in infected poultry and mixing them with domestic poultry, he ...  >>MORE

Authorities on avian flu alert as migratory birds arrive

Posted on 15/01/2007

With the start of the migratory bird season, the authorities have become vigilant to monitor the situation to prevent bird flu related cases from entering the country. A fresh wave of bird flu related cases in Asia has once again forced the authorities concerned to be on their toes. In the latest case, the avian virus infected a farmer in China and killed an Indonesian teenager. According to the World Health Organisation statistics, H5N1 strain of bird flu virus has infected 263 people in ...  >>MORE

Bird flu guide for travellers launched

Posted on 17/10/2006

The Secretariat of the National Committee for Emergency Response to Bird Flu has launched a mini guide for travellers. The guide contains advice in Arabic, English, German, French and Hindi and is part of the awareness campaign entitled 'Better Safe than Sorry' which was launched in 2005. The guide is being distributed not only at the country's airports but also at land and sea entry points. It targets those departing or arriving from affected areas around the world, the Environment Agency - ...  >>MORE

Anti-bird flu campaign continues

Posted on 16/08/2006

The Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi (EAD) in the third issue of its quarterly magazine Al Dhabi reiterated its efforts at monitoring wild birds for Avian influenza throughout the UAE under the National Avian influenza Action Plan. In two months, a total of 60 sites were monitored twice, comprehensively covering the whole coastline and almost all the inland wetlands and other green areas where birds congregate. In Abu Dhabi, around 28,000 birds belonging to 159 species were recorded. The ...  >>MORE

UAE lifts ban on French poultry imports

Posted on 19/06/2006

French poultry products will be back again to UAE markets after being banned on 26 February 2006 over reported cases of bird flu, a top UAE municipal official announced yesterday. Jassim Darwish, Secretary General of the UAE Municipalities, said after a meeting of the secretariat general board that the decision to allow re-entry of the French poultry products was taken on recommendation by the Vet. Control Committee. 'The Committee in a memorandum raised to the secretariat general ...  >>MORE

Drill tests readiness to combat bird flu

Posted on 05/06/2006

Officials simulated a major bird flu outbreak at a poultry farm on Saturday night where 230 people were declared infected by the deadly virus. The scenario was staged at Zayed Sports City stadium as part of the second bird flu drill organised by the National Committee for Emergency Response to Bird Flu. Emergencies were declared at both Zayed Military Hospital and Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), with police and health authorities getting into top gear with the military to contain the ...  >>MORE

UAE bans imports of poultry from Denmark

Posted on 04/06/2006

The UAE banned yesterday imports of all kinds of wild and domesticated birds and pets and their related products and droppings from Fion town in Denmark where cases of bird flu were reported. A ministerial resolution issued by Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, Minister of Environment and Water, demanded the ministry's animal wealth department to coordinate efforts with other authorities concerned to put the ban in place. The minister was acted upon receiving information from the World Animal ...  >>MORE

No case of bird flu detected in country: official

Posted on 27/05/2006

No single case of bird flu has so far been detected in 19 major poultry farms and other 25 small farms, a top industry official has confirmed. In a report published by Khaleej Times, Sheikh Hamed bin Butti Al Khadem, Chairman of the Emirates Poultry Producers Association (Eppa) revealed that the government was subsidising the poultry producers to help them survive a crisis of low demand for their products after the outbreak of the bird flu in many countries of the world. "The government has ...  >>MORE

UAE Bird flu action plan to be discussed at global meet

Posted on 19/05/2006

The UAE's national preparedness plan to meet an outbreak of bird flu is likely to be discussed at a global scientific meeting scheduled to be held in Rome this month end. The country, so far free from H5N1 the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus is expected to gain additional inputs from the 'International Scientific Conference on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds' organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and OIE, the World Organisation for Animal Health. ...  >>MORE

Bird flu rapid action team fares well in mock exercise

Posted on 18/04/2006

Panic buttons were pressed when reports of a bird flu outbreak in the city poured in. It was like a genuine emergency as military, police and health authorities as well as other agencies swiftly moved to Suwiehan to contain and clear a poultry farm from the killer bird flu virus that has swiftly spread among 10,000 chickens. This was the scenario staged at Zayed Sports City as part of a bird flu drill organised by the National Committee for Emergency Response to Bird Flu on Sunday. The ...  >>MORE

UAE remains bird flu-free as first case hits Jordan

Posted on 25/03/2006

The deadly bird flu virus, which has killed more than 100 people worldwide, has not been found in the United Arab Emirates, the Vice-Deputy Prime Minister and head of the National Falconry Club has confirmed. The H5N1 strain of the virus has caused fatalities in the region in countries such as Iraq and Turkey, and the latest outbreak in Jordan was confirmed yesterday – but the virus has successfully been kept out of the UAE, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan said. The Sheikh said the ...  >>MORE

UAE bans bird Import from Cameron, Albania

Posted on 20/03/2006

The UAE yesterday banned import of all live birds from Cameron and Albania, where cases of avian flu have been reported. Minister of Environment and Water Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi has issued decrees suspending the import of "all varieties of live birds- including poultry, wild birds, their products and droppings" from Cameron and Albania. The ban has been based on information received from the World Health Organisation confirming that cases of Avian Flu had been registered in both Cameron and ...  >>MORE

Anti-bird flu committees set up throughout UAE

Posted on 19/03/2006

Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Anti-bird flu Committee, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a decree for the setting up of local Anti-bird flu committees throughout the UAE. In the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the local committee is to be headed by Majid Al Mansouri of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, the Dubai local committee is to be headed by Dr. Salim Mohammed bin Mismar from Dubai Municipality, the Sharjah local committee is to be chaired by Abdul Aziz Saif Al ...  >>MORE

UAE municipalities ban poultry imports from bird flu affected countries

Posted on 27/02/2006

The General Secretariat of the UAE Municipalities has banned poultry imports from countries that are known to have been affected by bird flu. As a precautionary measure to ward off the disease, poultry imports from France, Iran, Egypt, Iraq, Cyprus and Nigeria will be banned until further notice, said Jassim Mohammed Darwish, Secretary General of the UAE Municipalities. The decision also stipulated that poultry consignments from other countries be accompanied by health certificates from ...  >>MORE

UAE bans imports of poultry from India and Egypt

Posted on 22/02/2006

The UAE has slapped a ban on poultry and allied products from Egypt and India following outbreaks of bird flu in the two countries, a senior official said yesterday. The Ministry of Environment and Water has stopped chicken, eggs and other poultry products from these two countries entering the UAE. It enforces an earlier decision which banned the import of such products from bird flu-stricken countries and those suspected of having an outbreak of the deadly virus, said Majid Al Mansouri, ...  >>MORE

Stray chickens to be culled across UAE

Posted on 22/02/2006

Municipalities across the country have been told to confiscate and cull all free roaming chickens and consider closing live poultry shops, a senior official said yesterday. Majid Al Mansouri, spokesman of the National Committee for Emergency Response to Bird Flu and secretary-general of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, said the UAE has also banned imports of poultry and poultry products from Egypt and India after the two countries reported an outbreak of bird flu. Al Mansouri said: "The ...  >>MORE

What UAE's doing to keep you safe from bird flu

Posted on 18/02/2006

Between panic and peace lies a big question. Will avian influenza, or bird flu as it is more commonly known, get me? It's a valid question considering the fact that the H5N1 strain has been detected in country after country, the latest being neighbouring Iraq. So what of the UAE which lies in the path of migratory birds? There have been no cases so far and the Secretariat of the National Committee for Emergency Response to Bird Flu intends to keep it that way. The Abu Dhabi Executive Council ...  >>MORE

UAE is not source of bird flu-infected falcons: Saudi Agric Ministry

Posted on 09/02/2006

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's Agriculture ministry has denied the allegation that the UAE is the source of the five falcons which lab test conducted on them in the Kingdom proved they have been infected with the bird flu virus. The ministry said it is yet to identify the source of the birds. In a letter dispatched to the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, EAD, the Assistant Under Secretary for Animal Husbandry Affairs at the Saudi Arabian Agriculture Ministry, Mohammed Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Sheiha, ...  >>MORE

GCC to draw up action plan against bird flu

Posted on 09/02/2006

The GCC ministers of health and agriculture agreed that they will draw up a uniform emergency action plan to tackle bird flu. The ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), meeting in Riyadh on Wednesday, also agreed to ban import of fowl, poultry meat, hatching eggs and fodder from countries infected by bird flu and those suspected of being infected. They also agreed that imports of waterfowl, terrestrial and ornamental birds from across the world must be banned. "We agreed on ...  >>MORE

National Committee revises its plan against Bird Flu

Posted on 03/02/2006

The Secretariat of the National Committee for Emergency Response to Bird Flu held its 4th meeting to revise its plan and set recommendations to improve it. The meeting, which was held here on Monday was chaired by Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary General of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD). During the meeting, Al Mansouri thanked the Committee members for their constructive feedback on the Plan from the previous meeting and assured them that their recommendations were being taken into ...  >>MORE

UAE to launch probe into bird flu falcon culls in Saudi Arabia

Posted on 30/01/2006

Top UAE authorities will investigate reports that 37 falcons were culled over the threat of bird flu in Saudi Arabia before contemplating any further action. "We only heard [yesterday] about this news, and I expect now our Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries – which is the leading body that co-ordinates efforts with international groups in this regard – to handle this,” Abdulnasser Ali Alshamsi, the director of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi Terrestrial Environmental Research Centre said. ...  >>MORE

More than 5,000 birds given avian flu all-clear

Posted on 17/01/2006

More than 5,000 wild birds across the United Arab Emirates have been checked for bird flu under the National Avian Influenza Action Plan in the UAE recently, officials said, adding that they have not found any worrying signs of sickness among the wild birds at important migratory points in the country. "Surveys conducted of over 5,000 wild birds all over the country by biologists from the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Emirates Bird Record Committee have tested negative of any bird flu ...  >>MORE

UAE 'is not at risk of bird flu outbreak'

Posted on 15/01/2006

A bird flu outbreak affecting Turkey is unlikely to happen in the UAE as it does not lie within the infected migratory birds' flight path or contain the elements to spread the disease. Kayan Jaff, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) representative in the UAE, said the threat of importing or contracting the lethal H5N1 virus was remote. Turkey is battling a bird flu outbreak that has killed three people and infected 15 others, amid signs that the virus has evolved to ...  >>MORE

UAE remains free from avian virus

Posted on 12/01/2006

The UAE is absolutely free from bird flu and every effort is being made to keep it that way, an official of the National Emergency Response Committee for Bird Flu told Gulf News yesterday. Majid Al Mansouri, spokesman of the committee and Secretary General of Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, said residents need not worry about the flu outbreak in Turkey, and the authorities are monitoring the situation in Turkey and other affected areas. "There is no report of a single case of the flu among ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Police holds seminar on bird flu

Posted on 28/12/2005

The Abu Dhabi Police held a seminar last night on bird flu, in conjunction with the regional office of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The seminar was attended by Major General Saif Abdullah Al Shafaar, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Interior in addition to a number of high-ranking officers and medical personnel. Addressing the seminar, Dr. Abdul Wahab Abdul Razaq Al Jabouri, Head of Animal Resources Section at the Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Agriculture affirmed ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi crisis management team responds to cases of bird flu


Minister issues ordinance lifting ban on importing birds from Turkey


No bird flu in UAE: Environment Minister affirms


UAE to strengthen guard against bird flu


UAE bans bird imports from Germany's state of Brandenburg


Stringent monitoring of entry points to avert bird flu


EAD specialists begin taking precautions against avian flu


UAE bans Czech and Togo poultry imports


If it arrives, bird flu may infect 35% of population


Saif issues decree to set up bird flu task force


Authorities prepared to implement poultry ban


Country remains vigilant against bird flu


MoH has stocks of 1m bird flu tablets


Bird flu scare tests levels of readiness


Quarantine centre at UAE-Oman border to prevent entry of virus


UAE geared to block bird flu


Domestic poultry faces greatest risk from virus


Authorities on avian flu alert as migratory birds arrive


Bird flu guide for travellers launched


Anti-bird flu campaign continues


UAE lifts ban on French poultry imports


Drill tests readiness to combat bird flu


UAE bans imports of poultry from Denmark


No case of bird flu detected in country: official


UAE Bird flu action plan to be discussed at global meet


Bird flu rapid action team fares well in mock exercise


UAE remains bird flu-free as first case hits Jordan


UAE bans bird Import from Cameron, Albania


Anti-bird flu committees set up throughout UAE


UAE municipalities ban poultry imports from bird flu affected countries


UAE bans imports of poultry from India and Egypt


Stray chickens to be culled across UAE


What UAE's doing to keep you safe from bird flu


UAE is not source of bird flu-infected falcons: Saudi Agric Ministry


GCC to draw up action plan against bird flu


National Committee revises its plan against Bird Flu


UAE to launch probe into bird flu falcon culls in Saudi Arabia


More than 5,000 birds given avian flu all-clear


UAE 'is not at risk of bird flu outbreak'


UAE remains free from avian virus


Abu Dhabi Police holds seminar on bird flu