US embassy cable - 06NICOSIA125

EMBASSY NICOSIA EAC - 30 JANUARY 2006 - AVIAN FLU UPDATE

Identifier: 06NICOSIA125
Wikileaks: View 06NICOSIA125 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Nicosia
Created: 2006-01-31 13:53:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Tags: KFLU ASEC AMED CY
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
VZCZCXYZ0010
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHNC #0125 0311353
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 311353Z JAN 06
FM AMEMBASSY NICOSIA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 5474
INFO RUEHAM/AMEMBASSY AMMAN 0377
RUEHAK/AMEMBASSY ANKARA 4524
RUEHTH/AMEMBASSY ATHENS 3479
RUEHEG/AMEMBASSY CAIRO 0152
UNCLAS NICOSIA 000125 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
DS/IP/EUR, DS/IP/ITA, AMMAN FOR RMO, CAIRO FOR RMO/P 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: KFLU, ASEC, AMED, CY 
SUBJECT: EMBASSY NICOSIA EAC - 30 JANUARY 2006 - AVIAN FLU 
UPDATE 
 
REF: NICOSIA 116 
 
1. (SBU) On January 30, 2006, the DCM convened Embassy 
Nicosia's EAC to brief the Ambassador and review current 
conditions in response to a confirmed case of the H5N1 found 
in the area controlled by Turkish Cypriots.  Also discussed 
were actions the Embassy will take as a result of the 
confirmed cases and a review of Greek Cypriot actions 
concerning the discovery of a dead raptor on the Embassy 
compound.  The meeting was attended by the AMB, DCM, RSO, 
DAO, PAS, CONS, MGT, ECON, OSC (formally FBIS), USAID and RA. 
 
2. (SBU) Economic Section briefed that on January 29, the 
H5N1 virus was confirmed in two samples of a chicken and 
turkey.  The virus was confirmed by the EU reference 
laboratory at Weybridge in the UK.  Over 1,200 birds have 
been destroyed and buried and extra precautions have been 
extended to all villages within 10km of the affected area. 
There are no plans at this point to close down any of the 
checkpoints. 
 
3. (SBU) The Consular Section drafted an updated Warden 
message that was released on January 30.  The Embassy plans 
to invite Wardens to a Town Hall meeting with the RMO from 
Amman on Wednesday, February 8, at the Embassy.  The Consular 
Section is planning on other outreach programs with American 
citizens at schools and universities both in the Greek 
Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. 
 
4. (SBU) On January 30, at approximately 0720, ARSO received 
a report from Post One that a dead bird was found inside the 
Chancery compound directly outside of the East hardline door. 
 The guards were instructed to cordon off the area.  Cyprus' 
Veterinary Services was contacted and a veterinary doctor was 
dispatched to the Embassy to retrieve the bird and conduct 
preliminary testing.  The bird was removed and the area was 
decontaminated.  The area was reopened on January 31. 
Results concerning the cause of death of the bird are 
expected in three to four days. 
 
5. (SBU) EAC concluded all precautions currently in place are 
sufficient.  Should events dictate a more stringent approach 
to the way the embassy conducts business, the EAC will meet 
to decide further precautionary actions. 
SCHLICHER 

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