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Afghanistan bans chicken, egg imports from Iran

Afghanistan bans chicken, egg imports from Iran

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Feb 06, 2019 - 19:42

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) on Wednesday said it has banned the import of chickens and eggs from Iran to avoid an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu.

The ban was imposed in line with credible information from Iran and international healthinfo-icon organizations dealing with livestock sector, a MAIL statement said.

Iranian livestock officials detected a positive H5N8 case in northern Iran and the Worldinfo-icon Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) have confirmed the development.

Agricultureinfo-icon Minister Naseer Ahmad Durrani was quoted as urging the country men and womeninfo-icon to avoid the use of chickens imported from Iran in their food till a new update from the government.

Chickens and related products awaiting entry into Afghanistaninfo-icon have been stopped.

Last year, the H5N8 virus entered Afghanistan through flying birds, but effective measures by the Ministry of Agriculture and other government institutions led to a timely control over the bird flu.

Afghanistan recently banned the import of breeder chickens.

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