February 26, 2004



Czech Republic Bans US Poultry Imports On Bird Flu Fears


The Czech Republic banned the import of birds, poultry and all poultry-related products from the U.S. as a result of bird flu, an official said Wednesday.


A spokesman for the state veterinary office, Josef Duben, said the ban was prompted by the outbreak of the disease in the U.S. state of Texas and would become effective immediately.


The European Union, which the Czech Republic will join in May, banned bird imports from the U.S. Tuesday.


Last month, Czech authorities banned the imports of poultry and other birds from Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Pakistan and Thailand.


The bird flu has devastated poultry farms and killed at least 22 people in Asia.