Bird flu feared in Yemen [Archives:2005/889/Local News]

October 27 2005

SANAA, Oct. 24 (UPI) — Large numbers of chicken perished in south Yemen triggering fears bird flu, reports said Monday.

The Daily al-Ayam reported an unidentified disease is spreading quickly among birds in the province of Kabita, and cats and dogs that ate the dead birds also perished.

The paper said sick chickens stopped eating and drinking for no obvious reasons, leading to their death.

A government official was quoted as saying the authorities were considering a number of measures to confront a possible outbreak of the bird flu, including banning the import of live and slaughtered birds from countries where bird flu cases were registered.