Thailand to separate swine, poulty in effort to contain bird flu

THAILAND - Senior government officials and international organizations will meet here next week to map out regulations to separate pigs and poluty in separate production pens on local farms in a bid to reduce the opportunity for bird flu virus to jump from species to species.

The move is also aimed to lessen the likelihood of an avian influenza epidemic in the country, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Khun Ying Sudarat Keyuraphan said here that her ministry had planned to issue a new regulation concerning raising poultry with other animals next week.

She said three international organizations, including L'Office International Des Epizooties (OIE), also known as World Organization for Animal Health, along with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) had expressed their concern regarding how fowls are raised.

According to Khun Ying Sudarat, officials of the ministry's Department of Livestock Development and representatives from those three international agencies would confer next week on details of the new poultry regulation to be issued and enforced later.

So far, 12 areas in Thailand's six provinces remain under a close supervision regaarding bird flu, she said.

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