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Cases of bird flu were detected in properties in the province of Famagusta

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The Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, informs the public about the identification of cases of Avian Influenza in Cyprus.

Avian Influenza is a viral, contagious disease of birds caused by the virus Influenza type A. The  healthy birds become infected either directly, through direct contact with other infected or sick birds, or indirectly through contaminated objects. Bird flu is usually carried from one country to another by migratory birds.

The cases were detected in two private collections of waterfowl in the Famagusta District and the premises where the disease occurred have been immediately placed under quarantine. the attention to take strict biosecurity measures to prevent the risk of spreading the virus and protect the holdings of organized poultry farming.

At the same time, the Veterinary Services are in contact with the Community Reference Laboratory, for the mission  materials to determine the virulence of the virus that has been detected.

We inform the owners of domestic poultry that they must limit their birds to closed covered areas to avoid their direct and indirect contact with wild birds. This is especially true for communities adjacent to wetlands. In addition, it is strictly forbidden to keep poultry in the open, to provide food and water outdoors, and to avoid giving and making available food in a way that would encourage the opportunity for wild birds to feed on food left for domesticated birds. It is also prohibited to give poultry water from surface water reservoirs to which wild birds have access.

Any owner who observes increased morbidity and/or mortality of poultry that raises suspicion of an incident of the disease is obliged, based on the About the Animal Health Laws, to immediately inform the District Veterinary Officer of the District to which it belongs or the nearest Police Station about the suspicion, by calling the following telephone numbers according to the District:

Nicosia District Veterinary Office, tel: 22 805241

District Veterinary Office of Larnaca, tel: 24 821275

District Veterinary Office of Famagusta, tel: 24 824555

District Veterinary Office of Limassol, tel: 25 819512

District Veterinary Office of Paphos, tel: 26 821261

Source: www.sigmalive.com

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