Several countries impose import restrictions on German poultry over bird flu

Blaine Smith   November 16, 2016   Comments Off on Several countries impose import restrictions on German poultry over bird flu

HAMBURG – Several countries have placed import restrictions on German poultry following outbreaks of bird flu in the country, German authorities said on Wednesday.

Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Bosnia and Herzegovina and South Africa have put import restrictions on German poultry and poultry products, the German state government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern said in a statement.

Eight European countries and Israel have found cases of the highly contagious H5N8 strain of bird flu in the past few weeks and some have ordered that poultry flocks be kept indoors to avoid the disease spreading.

Most outbreaks have involved wild birds, but Germany, Hungary and Austria have also reported cases in domestic duck and turkey farms where all poultry had to be culled.

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