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UPDATED: 08:11, March 13, 2007
Kuwait keeps testing falcon samples for bird flu
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Kuwaiti authorities is keeping carrying bird flu tests on falcons though the epidemic here seemed quite stabilized, the official KUNA news agency reported Monday.

No new bird flu case has been reported across the country for the fourth day in a row, Ahmad al-Shatti, a spokesman for Health Ministry, was quoted by KUNA as saying on Monday.

However, al-Shatti still urged people to send their falcons to the Animal Health Administration under the authority for bird flu tests.

A total of 93 hawks and falcons have been tested for the virus over the past couple of days, with all tests being negative, according to the official.

Over 400 poultry samples which were taken from different areas over the last 24 hours have been tested negative for the fatal virus, he added.

KUNA reported on Sunday that Kuwait had contained bird flu to a large extent, with the total cases stabilized at 53 and the latest one on Thursday.

The bird flu outbreak in Kuwait was first detected late last month.

Source: Xinhua


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