High wild bird mortality in Iran, health body says

by 5m Editor
13 October 2005, at 12:00am

PARIS - Veterinary authorities in Iran have observed a high death rate among wild waterfowl but the cause remains unclear, the world animal health body said on Thursday. &quot;No pathological agent has been identified yet,&quot; the Paris-based Office International des Epizooties (OIE) said on its website, citing a report from Iran&#39;s chief veterinary officer. &quot;No post-mortem lesions are seen in the dead birds; weakness and death are the only evidence,&quot; it said, adding that the bird deaths totalled 3,673. In Iran, a spokesman for the veterinary authority said no signs of bird flu had been discovered. &quot;We&#39;ve done different tests on these birds but we haven&#39;t found anything. We don&#39;t know the reason (for their deaths). We haven&#39;t seen any cases of bird flu up to now,&quot; spokesman Behrouz Yasemi said. &quot;We have quarantined the area.&quot; The OIE said it had requested more information from Iran. <em>Source: Reuters</em>

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