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Bird flu case confirmed in Riyadh not dangerous to people

RIYADH, Feb 4 (KUNA) — A bird flu case (N5H8) reported at a poultry facility in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, does not pose any danger to human beings, authorities said on Tuesday.
This kind of flu infects birds only based on World Health Organization (WHO) reports, Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture spokesman Abdullah Abalkhail said in a statement.
This virus was registered in Saudi Arabia at the end of 2017, and authorities then controlled it, he said, stressing that it has no danger to public health.

People take a camel ride at the beach of the Red Sea resort of King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Emergency teams rushed to the scene where the virus was reported, and began implementing measures as part of its emergency plan on bird flu cases, he clarified.

The official urged the owners of the poultry businesses nationwide to boost security measures at their facilities.

He also advised poultry breeders to be cautious and implement preventive measures when dealing with the birds.
AbalKhail called on people not to hunt migratory wild birds to be protected from the disease, asking them to inform emergency teams in the event of suspected cases.

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