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Cablegate: Turkey: Update On Avian Influenza

VZCZCXRO0084
RR RUEHHM RUEHLN RUEHMA RUEHPB RUEHPOD
DE RUEHAK #0147 0241517
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 241517Z JAN 08
FM AMEMBASSY ANKARA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 5033
INFO RUEHRC/USDA FAS WASHDC
RUEHVI/AMEMBASSY VIENNA 1687
RUEHRO/AMEMBASSY ROME 6697
RUEHDA/AMCONSUL ADANA 2640
RUEHIT/AMCONSUL ISTANBUL 3794
RUEUITH/ODC ANKARA TU
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS
RUEHPH/CDC ATLANTA GA
RUEAUSA/DEPT OF HHS WASHDC
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 1577
RUEHZN/EST COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS ANKARA 000147

SIPDIS

STATE ALSO FOR STUDZINSKI AND LANGE
USAID FOR TROSTLE, BLANCHET AND CARROLL
HHS FOR WSTEIGER/PBUDASHEWITZ
FAS FOR OCRA; OSTA
FAS PASS FSIS AND APHIS
VIENNA FOR APHIS
BRUSSELS FOR APHIS/FERNANDEZ
GENEVA FOR HEALTH ATTACHE
ROME FOR US MISSION TO FAO

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958:N/A
TAGS: KFLU ETRD EAGR KPAO TBIO AMED CASC EAID SENV TU
SUBJECT: TURKEY: UPDATE ON AVIAN INFLUENZA

REF: ANKARA 121 AND PREVIOUS

1. The Turkish Ministry of Agriculture appears to be following
appropriate procedures in response to the AI outbreak in Zonguldak
province.

2. On January 22, the Ministry of Agriculture's General Directorate
of Protection and Control submitted a report to the World
Organization for Animal Health (OIE) regarding the outbreak. The
report states that there were 13 bird deaths in a backyard poultry
flock of 300. It is believed that the origin of the H5N1 virus
infection came through contact with wild birds. The measures that
are being taken by the Ministry of Agriculture are: stamping out
(culling), quarantine, movement control inside the country, zoning,
disinfection of infected premises, and dipping and spraying.
3. According to news reports, Turkish authorities culled nearly 600
poultry in villages near the Black Sea coast on January 23. The
Ministry told the press that "a total of 570 chickens, 14 ducks and
two geese had been culled and buried."
4. At the moment, the Ministry has not requested any assistance from
the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
According to the FAO Ankara office, their local representative is
impressed with Turkey's response to this outbreak and is planning to
monitor wild birds in the region.
5. As of January 23, Azerbaijan and Iraq have banned poultry and
poultry product imports from Turkey as a result of the AI outbreak.
According to our trade contacts, the ban is currently not affecting
re-exports of U.S. poultry and products out of the Mersin Free Trade
Zone.

Wilson

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