Jordan became the latest country in the Middle East to confirm cases of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu on Friday but said no humans had been infected and the outbreak was under control. Jordanian Health Minister Said Darwazeh said at least three dead turkeys at a domestic farm in Ajloun had tested positive for the disease but none of the humans tested in the area were infected. Twenty people were given the Tamiflu vaccine and the area has been cordoned off to prevent the disease from spreading further, he told a news conference in Amman. "The disease in its current form is more of an economic disease that affects poultry. It has had a very limited effect on human health," he said. Source: [Reuters]
I guess this was bound to happen, as the virus had already spread into most of the countries neighboring Jordan, including the West Bank, Israel and Iraq. I have to admit, though, I’m a bit worried. Let’s hope Jordanian health authorities can control the situation and stop the spread of this pandemic inside the kingdom. Here is the a link to Alghad’s story [in Arabic].
I hope the government can come up with a decent compensation plan for little farmers…if not, maybe the people of Jordan can come up with something to help those whose income capacity would be crippled.