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August 21, 2017

 

UAE bans poultry imports from bird flu-hit Philippine province; virus spreads
 

 

The United Arab Emirates has temporarily banned poultry imports from a province of the Philippines hit by its first avian flu outbreak, Gulf News reported.

 

Dr Majid Sultan Al Qasimi, director of Animal Health and Development Department, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, said the move was "based on the notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about the registration of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the Republic of the Philippines."

 

The Philippines has culled up to 200,000 chickens, ducks and quail to eradicate the spread of the outbreak.

 

According to Gulf News, the emirates' environment ministry said it was locking down its import control gates to guard against any incoming live or processed bird products originating from the province of Pampanga on the Southeast country's main island of Luzon.

 

The UAE will, however, allow "the importation of thermally treated poultry products (treated meat and processed egg products) and thermally treated poultry waste from all of the Republic of the Philippines."

 

Meanwhile, Philippine Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Friday, Aug. 18, that the H5 strain of bird flu-the same as that in Pampanga-had spread to the nearby province of Nueva Ecija where two cases were reported in two towns.

 

Pinol said the same protocol will be followed in Nueva Ecija, where the Bureau of Animal Industry established a one-kilometre contained radius and seven-kilometre controlled radius. Culling operations had started since the report, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

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