Details of this species in Ethiopia
Status: Native - endemic
Source: Marshall 2005a
Species Notes for this Location:
Mulugeta Debalkew, spokesman for the agriculture ministry in Addis Ababa confirmed that birds that were suspected of having contracted avian flu in Ethiopia tested negative for the virus. Scientists from Egypt carried out the appropriate tests on more than a dozen samples and revealed that the birds died from Newcastle disease. The dead birds are all nonmigratory local pigeons and were discovered around drinking wells in the Somali region of eastern Ethiopia (where several hundred dead birds were found in late November 2005) and at 2 separate locations in Addis Ababa. Authorities in the Somali Region estimated that around 500 dead birds were found at wells and water points in the Deger Bur area. Some 10 to 15 birds were discovered at each site. Apparently Newcastle disease is very common in Africa.
Management Notes for this Location:
Control in this country is mainly focussed on preventing a potential outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Ethiopia's state news media announced on 1 Dec 2005 that the country was extending a ban imposed in October 2005 on the import of all poultry products. A bird flu national task force with technical committees was also established. The UN has also set up its own crisis management team for avian flu in Ethiopia and is in the process of completing a contingency plan to deal with a potential outbreak.
Last Modified: 24/11/2006 1:56:38 p.m.