720,000 eggs imported from Iran set ablaze in Farah
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Eggs imported from Iran in three containers were set afire as a preventive measure against H5N1 (bird flu) virus, officials said on Saturday.
The influenza could be transmitted from pigs to birds before reaching humans. . HPAI Asian H5N1 is especially deadly for poultry.
The virus was first detected in 1996 in geese in China. Asian H5N1 was first detected in humans in 1997 during a poultry outbreak in Hong Kong and has since been detected in poultry and wild birds in more than 50 countries.
The Ministry of Public Health had asked for preventing imports of chickens and eggs from Iran, Farah Customs Director Ajir Khan told Pajhwok Afghan News.
A month ago, they seized three egg containers smuggled into Afghanistan by the Afghandost Company, which tried to resend the eggs to Iran.
However, the neighbouring country did not accept the eggs, prompting the officials to set them ablaze on Saturday, the director added.
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