PH bans poultry products from China

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014


THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has banned the importation of poultry products from China due to threats of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

The Chinese Animal Disease Control Center reported last December an outbreak of HPAI in the village of Zhungzhuang, Jiaozhuang, Baoding City in Heibei, the DA said.

An outbreak of HPAI subtype H5N2 was detected among bird species in the area and was confirmed through viral isolation and heamagglutination inhibition test conducted by Harbin Veterinary Research Institute.

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According to the National Institute for Communicable disease, HPAI H5N2 may cause conjunctivitis or mild respiratory illness for humans and can cause death to other animals.

"To protect the health of the public and the local poultry population, the DA banned the importation of domestic and wild birds, including poultry meat, day-old chicks and eggs from China," the agency said.

The DA suspended the processing and issuance of veterinary quarantine clearance for the importation of poultry products including poultry meat, day old chicks, eggs and semen.

Veterinary inspectors in all major ports were directed to stop shipments into the country of poultry meat and similar products from China.

The World Health Organization reported that more than 600 human HPAI cases have been reported from 15 countries in Asia, Africa, the Pacific, Europe and the Near East since November 2003 and approximately 60 percent of the cases have died. (Sunnex)

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