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Qatar bans falcon imports over bird flu fears

Date: 04 February 2006

DOHA - The gas-rich emirate of Qatar banned on February 1 the import and export of falcons, four days after 37 of the birds tested positive for the H5 avian flu virus in neighboring Saudi Arabia. The ministerial order is effective from February 10 for a period of one year, according to a statement in Qatar's official news agency. Saudi Arabia killed and burned 37 infected falcons and was still conducting tests to see if the birds were infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus. Many wealthy Gulf residents are avid falconers but have been restricted from practicing the sport because of the threat of bird flu.

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