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06NASSAU368
2006-03-03 15:09:00
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Embassy Nassau
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FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS SUGGEST NO BIRD FLU

Tags:   TBIO  SENV  ECON  EAGR  PREL  BF 
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STATE FOR WHA/CAR WBENT

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TBIO SENV ECON EAGR PREL BF
SUBJECT: FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS SUGGEST NO BIRD FLU

REF: NASSAU 363



1. The Bahamian Ministries of Agriculture and Health sent a
surveillance team to the southern island of Great Inagua on
March 2 to investigate whether a group of wild birds found
dead several days ago could have been the Western
Hemisphere's first cases of avian influenza or bird flu. The
team found only five birds whose cause of death was not
immediately apparent, a lower number than was initially
reported (reftel). The lower number of birds and the lack of
subsequent bird deaths led the team to conclude that the
evidence in Great Inagua is not consistent with an outbreak
of bird flu.



2. An official from the Bahamian office of the Pan American
Health Organization (PAHO) indicated that samples from the
dead birds would be sent to London the night of March 3 for
testing at the Weybridge Laboratory. He believed the results
would be back the beginning of next week.

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