(MENAFN- Muscat Daily) Muscat- Following outbreak of bird flu in Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has banned the import of poultry and poultry products from the three countries.
The ministry said it has issued a ministerial decision on the prohibition of import of live birds (poultry) and its derivatives from Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Malaysia reported an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N1 bird flu virus on a farm in August. The virus killed 3,000 out of 28,000 egg-laying chickens on the farm in Kampung Kauluan and all the remaining birds were slaughtered, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) had reported.
Bird flu was also reported in Cambodia in August where H5N1 was reported in farm chickens. While in Vietnam, bird flu virus H5N6 killed thousands of farm ducks and chickens, further leading to a forced culling of some 10,000 fowls.
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