Following outbreak of bird flu in Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has banned the import of poultry and poultry items from the 3 nations.
The ministry stated it has issued a ministerial choice on the prohibition of import of reside birds (poultry) and its derivatives from Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Malaysia reported an outbreak of the very contagious H5N1 bird flu virus on a farm in August. The virus killed three,000 out of 28,000 egg-laying chickens on the farm in Kampung Kauluan and all the remaining birds had been slaughtered, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) had reported.
Bird flu was also reported in Cambodia in August exactly where H5N1 was reported in farm chickens. While in Vietnam, bird flu virus H5N6 killed thousands of farm ducks and chickens, additional top to a forced culling of some 10,000 fowls.
Information Source: Muscat Daily