Namibia: Poultry Imports from Netherlands Resume after Bird Flu Outbreak

 Namibia: Poultry Imports from Netherlands Resume after Bird Flu Outbreak
 Namibia: Poultry Imports from Netherlands Resume after Bird Flu Outbreak

The chief veterinary officer in the Directorate of Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Dr Milton Masheke, has announced that Namibia has resumed the importation of live poultry, birds and poultry products, and the in-transit movement of live poultry, birds and poultry products from the Netherlands. He said the resumption of imports and in-transit movement from the Netherlands is for products produced after April 5, 2018. The resumption of imports is in response to the comprehensive report received by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry highlighting the effectiveness of the control measures mounted following the outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in the Netherlands in December 2017. He assured that the depopulation of all poultry on the affected property was completed, followed by disinfection. “Surveillance conducted in that country has not detected any evidence of infection in poultry for at least three months as required by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE),” he said. This year, HPAI outbreaks have also been confirmed in poultry in the Netherlands and Germany and in captive birds in Sweden.

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