Belarus has restricted poultry imports from Lubusz Province (Poland) and Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) due to the avian flu outbreak, BelTA learned from the Veterinary and Food Control Department of the Agriculture and Food Ministry.
The World Organization for Animal Health reported on cases of high pathogenic avian influenza (H5) in the above-mentioned areas.
In this regard Belarus has introduced restrictions on the import of live birds, hatching eggs, wild, zoo and circus susceptible animals, poultry meat, egg powder and other food products from processed eggs, down and feather, hunting trophies (bird game), and other products from Lubusz Province from 3 April and from Saxony-Anhalt from 4 April.
All the previously issued permits to import the above-mentioned products from the above-mentioned regions are suspended.
Avian bird flu is a contagious disease resulting in inhibition, swelling, affection of breathing organs and digestion. The economic damage from the disease is huge due to mass mortality of diseased birds, the need to take quarantine and veterinary control measures, including the slaughter of diseased birds.