March 11, 2004


US Lifts Hong Kong Poultry Ban


The United States has removed Hong Kong from an import ban on birds and bird products.


The ban remains in effect for Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, China, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.


Removing Hong Kong from the list was based on documented public health measures to prevent the spread of avian influenza A and the lack of avian flu cases in Hong Kong's bird populations, the agency said.


The ban was started Feb. 4 as outbreaks of avian flu spread in Southeast Asia. It is intended to protect poultry and humans in the United States from the spread of bird flu, which has caused the deaths of millions of birds and 22 people in Asia.