Saudi Environment Ministry Temporarily Bans Poultry Imports from India over Bird Flu

Saudi Environment Ministry Temporarily Bans Poultry Imports from India over Bird Flu

Thursday, 8 February, 2018 - 10:45
A researcher checks on a chicken at a poultry farm in Xiangyang, Hubei province, China, February 3, 2017. Picture taken February 3, 2017. REUTERS /Stringer
Asharq Al-Awsat
Saudi Arabia has temporarily banned imports of live birds, hatching eggs and chicks from India after a form of bird flu that is highly lethal for poultry was found in the south Asian country, the Saudi agriculture ministry said on Thursday.

The Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture said in a statement that its ban was issued in accordance with the warning released by the Paris-based OIE, the Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

According to the OIE report, posted on its website, the H5N8 virus was detected on Dec. 26 among birds in the Indian village of Dasarahalli in the southern state of Karnataka, killing nine out of 951 birds. The others were culled.

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