Friday, January 13, 2006

Iran: Turkey Border is Made a Poultry-Free Zone

Iran is destroying all poultry in an area along its border with Turkey in an effort to create a buffer against the spread of bird flu.

"All the poultry existing within 15 kilometres (10 miles) of the border... will be destroyed," a local veterinary official said.

Iran shares a 486 kilometre (301 mile) border with Turkey, and the report said more than 50,000 birds were expected to be killed in the measure and farmers compensated. The Islamic republic, which has yet to report a case of bird flu, has already banned poultry imports from Turkey and urged its citizens not to travel there.

Source: The Persian Journal
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