North Cyprus culls poultry over suspected bird flu cases

CYPRUS - Authorities in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus have started culling poultry after two birds showed signs of what could be avian flu.

The slaughter began Monday with some 1,000 birds killed in the village of Incirli, and was due to continue Tuesday, officials told AFP.

Ferdi Sabit Soyer, the prime minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus -- a breakaway statelet recognised only by Turkey -- said Monday that a routine veterinary inspection had revealed two suspected cases.

"Our labs are unable to determine whether or not this is bird flu," a senior official told AFP. Samples have been sent to Turkey and Britain for analysis and results are expected Thursday.

If the disease is confirmed, they would be the first cases in Cyprus.

Source: TodayOnline
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