UAE bans birds and poultry products from Kuwait after virus outbreak

9 February 2019, at 12:00am

UAE - The import of live birds and poultry products from Kuwait has been banned in the UAE following the outbreak of a bird flu strain.

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment announced the ban on Thursday following an outbreak of a contagious strain of bird flu, H5N8, in Kuwait.

Thermal treated poultry products will be permitted.

“By taking immediate precautionary measures to curb any strains of the bird flu virus that has affected Kuwait from reaching the UAE, we hope to ensure bio-security levels and prevent the spread of pathogens in the country,” said Majid Al Qassimi, director of the animal health and development department at the ministry.

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