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UPDATED: 08:35, December 30, 2005
Turkey braces for new battle against bird flu
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Turkey is taking all necessary measures to prevent a new outbreak of bird flu in eastern Turkey, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Mehmet Mehdi Eker said on Thursday.

"Everything was under control, and every necessary measure was taken pertaining to the 'bird flu' case seen in the eastern Turkish city of Igdir," Eker told reporters.

On whether the case has any relation with Manyas region, where bird flu cases were reported in October, Eker said authorities have been on alert in the region.

Meanwhile, the semi-official Anatolia news agency quoted Igdir Governor Halil Ulusoy as saying that necessary measures were taken in Aralik township in Igdir.

"Immediately after getting the information about death of poultry, temporary quarantine measures were put into force and 359 fowl were slaughtered as of Dec. 19," Ulusoy said.

He said they have urged the people to keep domestic dogs and cats indoors, warning that stray dogs will be killed as a precaution.

Bird flu was first discovered in Turkey when some 1,800 turkeys died in a farm near the Bird Sanctuary National Park in Manyas town of Balikesir province in early October.

Source: Xinhua

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