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Iran vet chief rejects reports of avian flu outbreak in Mazandaran

TEHRAN, Feb. 13 (Mehr News Agency) - Head of Iran Veterinary Organization Hossein Hassani denied the outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strains bird flu in Amol and Babol, two Iranian cities located in the northern province of Mazandaran.

Since the seasonal wild birds' migration to the nation's northern regions has started, Iran Veterinary Organization once again urged all the Iranian provinces to be fully prepared to counter a possible outbreak of the disease, ISNA news agency on Tuesday, quoted Hassani as saying. He also maintained that the measures are only preparatory works and are not considered as a clue to the pandemic in the provinces.

Hassani has maintained that Iran is still among those states that are clean of the bird flu virus (H5N1) and Iran Veterinary Organization is the only authority that could admit and approve the outbreak in a region.

Following the pandemic of the bird flu in some of the neighboring countries last year, the organization ordered the culling of chickens in some of the chicken farms around the nation.

Although many countries deny or fail to report the bird flu, also known as the avian influenza, the positive countries and sequence data indicate the H5N1 movement by migratory birds is widespread and common.

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