Google-translated from Arabic:

Yemen confirms free of bird flu disease
[06 August / 2007] Sanaa - Spant:

Yemen renewed confirmed to be free of bird flu disease, said Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation Engineer Abdulmalik Alarchi, "The test results of precautionary local and foreign conducted on samples of poultry Yemen did not show any infection case so far."

He added that "all reports of the task of watching the field of public administration to livestock ministry and deployed in all provinces and import of poultry outlets, in addition to reports of functional tests on samples in the Central Veterinary Laboratory honestly DC confirms that there is no positive indications of avian influenza."

Alarchi noted in a statement to the Yemeni News Agency (Saba) that the technical and laboratory tests on samples of poultry are ongoing, stressing that Yemen and the plan was developed in a complementary and comprehensive framework necessary precautionary measures to prevent the pandemic.

He praised the positive cooperation between the organs and the relevant authorities, and the Ministries of Public Health and Population Planning and International Cooperation, the World Bank and World Health Organization, and development agencies in this aspect.

He Alarchi control the import of poultry markets to Yemen and sold and direct supervision in terms of the rules and veterinary examination, as well as continuous awareness of the poultry dealers with educators and dealers and distributors, the most prominent factors that contribute to the readiness of the disease and precautionary control, pointing to the role of the media in raising awareness of the dangers of the disease and publicize all precautionary measures and preparations that contribute to the prevention of the emergence of avian influenza, as well as the role played by the Emergency Committee on the face of avian influenza in this regard.

A report issued by the Directorate General of Livestock obtained Yemeni News Agency (Saba), a copy of which was that the survey teams watching field in some governorates during the first half of the current year 3470 included a field visit targeted 2925 villages and 362 market centers for the sale of 124 poultry farms and 40 abattoir and dozens of shops selling poultry, which were collected more than 96 samples [that's not very many considering they're from 2,925 villages, 362 markets, 124 poultry farms, etc...] of poultry during those visits were checked at the Central Veterinary Laboratory to make sure they are safe and free from epidemic diseases.

The report stated that the operations room avian flu received during the first half of this year, 47 complaints [i.e. 47 reports of suspected outbreaks in poultry so far this year] from some provinces, the light was sending teams to the field watching the governorates under the necessary precautionary measures.

In the context of the efforts of the Department of Livestock to verify the authenticity of the communications contained governorates detect veterinary team charged with threatening to sites birds dead Valley Minn Bassein Hadhramout Governorate that causes death of a number of birds in the region due to the rise in temperature which reached 50 degrees Celsius, the confusion was clarified and denied rumors that some newspapers covered the end of July the past about the possibility of avian influenza disease.

The recommended level of a joint mission from the World Bank and the World Health Organization for technical assistance to prepare a unified national plan for prevention and control of avian influenza in Yemen, the strengthening of preventive security border through intensifying control over border crossings and equipped with the requirements of the inspection and disinfection and sterilization continued, in addition to the attention paid to the strengthening and promotion of maternal screening imported from abroad, and tighten the control and supervision of the markets for live birds as a major source for the transfer of the disease and the source of infection.

The mission also recommended the need to promote and strengthen veterinary services through the rehabilitation of the veterinary laboratory and the provision of modern equipment and the training of veterinarians working people with expertise poultry.

She noted the importance of disseminating system of epidemiological monitoring and response operations rooms develop and strengthen the role of surveillance teams to cover all governorates, pointing to the importance of implementing a comprehensive public information campaigns about the avian flu.

The workshop on integrated national plan for prevention and control of avian flu was held last week in Sanaa focused on the development of mechanisms and prevention strategy of the pandemic.

The workshop recommended that need attention outlets and quarries entry animal products especially birds to Yemen and the strengthening of veterinary capacity and rehabilitating and developing the Veterinary Laboratory and intensified surveillance of outlets and governorates, in addition to the involvement of the private sector in promoting the role of prevention and control the disease.

According to the agricultural census data, the volume of domestic consumption of poultry meat rose from 193 thousand and 67 tons in 2003 to 226 thousand and 533 tons in 2006, an increase of 33 t 17%, and a chicken per 4 t 63% of the total meat consumed in Yemen annually.

The poultry sector contributes in providing a number of jobs, employing more than 400 thousand workers in the education and activities associated with this sector, as statistics show that more than 200 thousand rural families raising domestic chicken.