Japan, Korea, Hong Kong restrict poultry imports from Germany


Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong are among several countries that have placed import restrictions on poultry from Germany following outbreaks of avian influenza in the country, the German state government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern said in a statement. Eight European countries and Israel have found cases of the highly contagious H5N8 strain of avian influenza in the past few weeks and some have ordered that poultry flocks be kept indoors to avoid the disease spreading.

Most outbreaks have involved wild birds, but Germany, Hungary and Austria have also reported cases in domestic duck and turkey farms where all poultry had to be culled. More outbreaks in Europe are likely in the next few weeks as wild birds believed to transmit the virus migrate south.


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