MANILA, Philippines – The government has ordered a temporary ban on the importation of live birds and poultry products from China following the confirmation of the presence of H7N9 bird flu there.
In a memo released on Friday, April 26, Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala ordered the immediate banning of the importation of “domestic and wild birds, day-old chicks, eggs and semen from the People’s Republic of China.”
“There is a possibility that some travelers may bring in birds and other poultry products from…China…There is a need to prevent the entry of pathogenic virus causing Avian flu to protect the health of the local poultry population,” he said.
About a dozen people have died of the disease since Chinese authorities announced weeks ago they had found H7N9 in humans for the first time. – Rappler.com
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