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Gulf panels to discuss avian flu

After the recent outbreak of bird flu in Kuwait, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have determined that a meeting is needed to discuss containment issues.

Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, Minister of Environment and Water, said that the meeting would explore ways of enforcing the strategy adopted by the GCC secretariat-general to respond to the outbreak of avian flu.
A ban has now been placed on import of live birds from Kuwait and UAE companies doing business with Kuwaiti suppliers of frozen chickens, were informed to stop imports. Stricter precautionary measures had been taken at borders and the country's airports.
The minister said that inbound frozen chicken and bird shipments were being subjected to inspection and tests for 15 days before they were released so as to ensure they were free of bird flu or any other diseases. Shipments are also required to carry a valid health clearance certificate.
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