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UAE on bird flu alert

ABU DHABI-- With the outbreak of bird flu already reported in several Asian countries and fears of emergence of a human-to-human transmitting strain getting strengthened, the UAE has been put on a high alert against Bird Flu.

The country's leadership is cautiously studying the preparedness to deal with any possible outbreak of the pandemic, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Speaking during the first meeting of the National Emergency Committee for the Follow Up of Avian Influenza, Shaikh Hamdan, who chairs the panel, said the leadership attaches great importance and gives the issue top priority to ensure safety of the population.

Due to imminent threat of a global outbreak, the officials said prevention measures should be put in place on a federal level. This includes an immediate action plan covering surveillance measures as well as emergency response plans.

The panel has been set up to trace and combat the bird flu disease as well adopt necessary measures to obstruct the pandemic from entering into the country.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Oct 13th, 2005 at 08:53:42 AM EST

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