South Asian nations for early warning system on bird flu

June 10th, 2008 - 9:27 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 10 (IANS) South Asian countries have decided to work together to fight trans-boundary animal diseases and develop an early warning system to tackle bird flu. Recent outbreaks of bird flu in West Bengal and Tripura have been blamed on Bangladesh, where the disease broke out earlier. After a two-day meeting here of chief veterinary officers from seven of the eight countries in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc), the participants decided Tuesday to share “timely information” and go for “progressive harmonisation of veterinary service” in the region.

The chief veterinary officers of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India participated in the meeting.

“The meeting came out with a set of recommendations on timely information sharing, adopting bio-security measures in animal production, regional surveillance as an early warning system, capacity building and progressive harmonisation of veterinary services for effective management of trans-boundary animal diseases (TADs),” an animal husbandry department communiqu

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