Dar suspends import of poultry products from Czech Republic


MANILA — Department of Agriculture (DA) secretary William Dar suspends the import of domestic, wild birds, and poultry products from the Czech Republic amid reports of an outbreak of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus. In a memorandum, ordered banned for import are domestic and wild birds including poultry meat, day-old chicks, eggs, and semen.

Import clearances for these avian commodities are suspended. “Shipments of these commodities will be stopped and confiscated by DA veterinary quarantine officers at all major ports of entry in the Philippines,” Dar said.

The order was issued to prevent the entry of the virus and protect the health of the public and the local poultry population.

Reports submitted to the World Organization for Animal Health, show an outbreak of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus that affected birds in Dlouhalhota, Tabor, Jihocesky.

Animal health authorities in the Czech Republic have recorded an outbreak of H5N8 bird flu at a small farm in the south of the country as early as the last week of January. The infection was tracked at a farm 99 km (61 miles) south of the capital Prague and, according to the State Veterinary Administration, was likely caused by wild ducks from a nearby pond. (BG/Headline PH)


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