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  • Senegal: Avian influenza - Kidira erected in the center of active epidemiological surveillance

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    Senegalese News Agency (Dakar)

    Senegal: Avian influenza - Kidira erected in the center of active epidemiological surveillance

    March 17, 2010

    Tambacounda - The Common Kidira (Tambacounda region) has been erected in the center of active epidemiological surveillance in the fight against bird flu, said Wednesday the regional inspector of the veterinary services, Dr Bernard Faye.

    "Kidira became a center for epidemiological surveillance assets", like other parts of the country, said Dr. Faye, also general secretary of the Regional Committee for the fight against avian influenza (Coreg).

    He was speaking at an information and awareness on prevention of influenza A viruses in the presence of a communications team of Support Program at the national prevention and fight against bird flu (PAPLUGA).

    This means in practice that "periodically, mixed teams criss-cross these areas and surroundings, taking samples from poultry, to determine their HIV status, said the veterinary inspector. Teams are not limited to Kidira, but travel to surrounding villages.

    "Kidira is a strategic point in relation to the entry of livestock and people across the country from neighboring countries, noted Bernard Faye to explain the interest in this locality, the last before the border with Mali, which is a crossing point for goods from Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria and the sub-region in general.

    The Tambacounda region in a comprehensive manner is an important device in standby, as it shares a border with three countries and with the national park it contains "300 species of birds," suggested the Secretary General of Coreg, which is an offshoot of the National Committee for the prevention and fight against bird flu (CONAG).

    The latest charges that the national laboratory was made last February to Kidira on fifty subjects had proved "negative," he said.

    Bernard Faye assured that the inspection of veterinary services Kidira is "having the necessary means" to complete the task he was assigned. These include, logistics and packaging materials.

    Senegal is not immune, but Senegal is currently free "bird flu, said Bernard Faye, who for the moment that emerging countries in Africa such as Egypt and others outside the continent like Hong Kong, The Netherlands, have been affected, Senegal can also be.

    "What is important is to prevent," he said on the sidelines of the meeting. For the doctor, Senegal had the "chance" to see the laboratory of the Institut Pasteur Dakar chosen as a reference to the subregional level.

    "We are able to act quickly. Senegal has equipment necessary to contain the disease," he further reassured, stating that helped PAPLUGA "geo-referencing, all poultry sites and identify the all the poultry farms, which can be identified by clicking on the computer to facilitate interventions in the event of an outbreak of the virus.

    Senegal has also referenced a laboratory at the national level in 48 hours which may determine whether the samples submitted its analysis to contain the virus of Avian flu or not, has added its share to the communications advisor PAPLUGA Habibou Diallo who made the travel as part of program activities.

    He hoped that all present "the governor farmer, can act as relays in awareness. Sessions are also provided with restaurants, since farming is "from farm to fork".

    Posters, leaflets, T-shirts and caps were distributed to serve as media of communication services devolved government, the territorial command, actors in the poultry sector, the movement of women and others who were represented at the meeting. The film simulation held last May in Malika (Dakar) has also been proposed.

    Original text:
    http://fr.allafrica.com/stories/201003171014.html
    Last edited by Pathfinder; March 18th, 2010, 11:04 AM. Reason: title correction
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    Re: Senegal: Avian influenza - Kidira erected in the center of active epidemiological surveillance

    French to English translation (Google)

    Tambacounda: the regional inspector of the veterinary services calls for mobilization against bird flu

    17/03/2010 17:41 GMT

    Tambacounda, 17 March (APS) - The inspector Regional Veterinary Officer, Dr Bernard Faye has invited players from all sides to mobilize to block the road to the entry of the virus of bird flu in the country via Tambacounda region.

    ''We have to be mobilized to prevent this occurrence there (the disease),''he said, adding that it''will take action too (for that) if the disease appears, as Senegal, the region can quickly find the answer to curb the scourge.''

    He spoke to reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of information and awareness on which were represented the territorial command, players in the poultry sector, women's movements, among others.

    Like the rest of the country, the Tambacounda region, which borders with a number of countries, is''free''of bird flu, he noted, but said it does not mean ' '''immune from this epidemic.

    The risks of contamination exist throughout the trafficking of animals and people from neighboring countries, and through the migrant birds, the area housing the Niokolo-Koba with about 300 species of birds, has Bernard noted that Faye is also general secretary of the Regional Committee for the prevention and fight against bird flu.

    Hence the need to''vigilant''in the region, with the support of local power stations, including the Program of Support to plan prevention and fight against bird flu (PAPLUGA), has he said.

    ''We put all our forces in preventing this disease, because the importance of preventing it,''he said, not without warning''as soon as the Avian flu appears, it's a catastrophe ''.

    According to the communications advisor PAPLUGA Habibou Mamadou Diallo, the poultry industry brings nearly 40 billion francs CFA currency per year and employs nearly a thousand people.

    Until the ban on poultry meat in 2005, 11,000 tons were imported from Senegal, he said, adding that this measure has enabled the sector to make significant progress.

    To cope with this epidemic, Senegal had reached 500 million francs CFA. This earned him the place of''country''flagship in prevention of avian flu in West Africa.

    She received in 2008, financing of 2 billion francs CFA from the European Union for the implementation of PAPLUGA for a period of three years.

    The objectives of this program are to''reduce the risk of human pandemic,''noted Mr. Diallo, also noting that he intended to''ensure that Senegal to retain the status of a country free of bird flu for as long as possible.''

    Bird flu had affected African countries like Nigeria, Niger and Cote d'Ivoire.

    Original text:
    http://www.aps.sn/aps.php?page=artic..._article=66200
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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