Text of report by Esat Vatovci and Hakim Kasami: "There is no avian flu in Vushtrri"; published by Kosovo Albanian newspaper Koha Ditore on 14 October
Vushtrri [Vucitrn], 13 October: Eighty chickens have died at Syle Rexhepi's farm in Vushtrri within the space of a month. The owner himself has said that from the time his chickens started dying, no one from the veterinary service has visited his farm. He added that he does not even know why they died. Syle said his chickens started dying one month ago.
"Beginning one month ago, three-four chickens started dying every day, sometimes even more," he said. He was not able to explain why this happened.
This phenomenon that appeared at Rexhepi's farm has triggered much suspicion about the possibility of the avian flu appearing in Kosova [Kosovo]. But according to officials from the Veterinary and Food Agency in Kosova, there is no room for such suspicions.
Besfort Gunga from this agency outlined that the phenomenon that appeared on the farm in Vushtrri has nothing to do with the possibility of the avian flu's appearance in Kosova.
"This has nothing to do with such a phenomenon. It has to do with chickens dying for one month. And based on the initial symptoms, we believe this was caused because the conditions in which they lived were not very good," Gunga told Koha Ditore .
Arsim Arifi, an expert from the Veterinary Service of Kosova, emphasized the same thing.
"After we heard about the case, we went and we took samples to the Veterinary Laboratory of Kosova. Now we are waiting for the results," Arifi said.
According to him, apart from the dead chickens, no other symptoms that would lead one to suspect such a disease can be noted in other chickens.
"There is no reason to cause any amount of fear among citizens, because based on what we have seen with our eyes, it is not the avian flu, which has appeared in other countries of Europe, but in this case it is a common disease," Arifi stated.
Source: Koha Ditore, Pristina, in Albanian 14 Oct 05 p 5