Saudi Arabia Bans Poultry Imports from Afghanistan

KABUL: The Saudi government has banned the import of poultry items live birds, hatching eggs and chickens from Afghanistan.

The decision was taken after a highly contagious bird flu virus was reported in the country.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture  (MEWA) said Monday that it is a temporary ban and will be removed as soon as the situation gets better.

The ban was issued in accordance with the warning released by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

According to the OIE, the Afghan government recently reported two outbreaks of a highly contagious bird flu virus.

The OIE said the H5 virus was detected in a backyard in Kabul where it killed six birds and in the Bagrami village nearby, where it killed 15, the Paris-based OIE said in a report.


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