June 19, 2018 / 11:56 AM / 4 months ago

UAE imposes ban on birds from Russia after flu outbreak: WAM

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has banned the import of domestic and wild live birds, as well as their meat and meat products from Russia after a bird flu outbreak, state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday.

An outbreak of H5N2 bird flu on a farm in the central region of Kostromskaya Oblast led to the death of more than 660,000 birds, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said in December last year.

The UAE ban did not cover “thermally-treated poultry products, meat and eggs,” said WAM, citing an environment ministry statement.

Reporting by Katie Paul, writing by Hadeel Al Sayegh

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