South Africa bans German poultry imports

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12 July 2007, Johannesburg (dpa) - South Africa has banned the import of poultry products from Germany following an outbreak of bird flu in the country, agriculture officials said Thursday.

12 July 2007

Johannesburg (dpa) - South Africa has banned the import of poultry products from Germany following an outbreak of bird flu in the country, agriculture officials said Thursday.

A spokeswoman for the agriculture department was quoted by SAPA news agency as saying that the import of all live poultry, birds, poultry meat and other products derived from poultry and birds had been suspended until further notice.

A dead goose found last week in a yard in a commune in the German state of Thuringia was found to have succumbed to the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus.

The case is the only reported case in a domestic bird in this latest outbreak, which began when wild swans and grebes began dying on lakes in the region nearly three weeks ago.

The German government placed the commune and the surrounding area under quarantine and destroyed 1,200 domestic birds within a 13 kilometre radius of the commune in a bid to contain the disease.

Germany has had one outbreak of H5N1 in domestic poultry before, near Leipzig in 2006.

South Africa suffered outbreaks of the less virulent H5 bird flu strain on ostrich farms in the south of the country between 2004 and 2006.

DPA

Subject: German news

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