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In Moscow the first meeting of staff on avian influenza

March 10 2006

On Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev held the first meeting of the operational staff on activities aimed at preventing the spread of avian flu.

Medvedev said that "at the level of federal districts and subjects required the development of agreed comprehensive plans for the organization of appropriate preventive measures." At the meeting discussed the readiness of regional authorities to undertake the necessary measures.

According to Medvedev, the first priority is vaccination of poultry and monitoring of poultry farms in a mode that excludes the possibility of spreading the virus.

We note that earlier, Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov signed a decree on setting up operational headquarters to coordinate activities and prevent the spread of bird flu. The headquarters was headed by Dmitry Medvedev.

The composition of staff included: Minister of Agriculture Alexey Gordeev, the head of Health Minister Mikhail Zurabov, chief state sanitary doctor, Gennady Onishchenko, Russia, Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, and representatives of relevant ministries and departments, Vesti reports.

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