UN Contractor: Countries Refuse to
Cooperate in Bird Flu Investigation
An environmental organization says several countries are refusing
to cooperate with an investigation of the deadly strain of bird
Wetlands International is the non-governmental agency commissioned
by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization to research H5N1
in wild birds.
says Iran, Nigeria, Sudan, Tunisia and Turkey have refused to
grant access to researchers.
says it believes the refusals are the result of concerns by those
countries about the potential impact on poultry exports and tourism
if the virus is found in wild birds.
European Union countries are dealing with millions of dollars
in lost revenue as demand for poultry products falls off sharply.
Bird flu has spread from Asia to Europe, Africa and the Mideast,
killing 94 people since 2003.