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Tajikistan imposes restrictions on poultry imports from Russia

14 March 2007

DUSHANBE - Tajikistan has introduced temporary restrictions on poultry imports from Russia, Turkey, Japan, China, Thailand, Iran and Pakistan, the country's chief veterinary official said Friday.

The decision was made in response to recent outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 virus in those countries, Mullojon Amirbekov said.

He said the two-month ban was part of tougher control measures launched earlier this month, and would cover imports of eggs, poultry meat and poultry products.

Simultaneously, Ukraine's veterinary control department has banned poultry imports from Russia's Kaluga Region because of bird flue and from Japan's Toyama prefecture following an outbreak of Newcastle bird disease.

According to the World Health Organization, the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu has infected at least 273 people from 11 countries and claimed 167 human lives since it first appeared in Asia in 2003.

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Source: RIA Novosti

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