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Cyprus President: No reason to panic over bird flu
2006-02-02 12:41:16

Cyprus Nicosia, Jan 31 – Cyprus’ President Tassos Papadopoulos has assured that all necessary measures for the protection of the government – controlled area from bird flu are being taken, stressing that there is no reason for concern after two cases of the virus were detected in the Turkish – occupied part of the island.

He also said that the government does not intend to close the checkpoints to and from the occupied area.

''Two cases have been detected. But for 20 days now there has been no other incident either in the occupied Cyprus or in the government – controlled areas'', said the President before adding that ''this in itself is sufficient assurance that there is no reason to panic”.

He also noted that the competent services have visited the areas near the occupied north for sample taking and expressed the hope that the results will prove that there has been no other incident.

Meanwhile, a World Health Organization (WHO) high ranking official flew to Cyprus to meet health and veterinary experts.

A United Nations Development Programme press release said that UNDP Action for Cooperation and Trust will be hosting Dr. Guenael Rodier, Special Adviser for Communicable Disease to the Regional Director, WHO Regional Office for Europe.

It also said the purpose of his visit is to exchange technical information with the relevant health and veterinary experts in Cyprus regarding avian influenza.

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